Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday set aside to acknowledge our military’s servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty. It is a day of commemoration, remembrance, and giving thanks for those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation.
Although most of us also recognize the weekend as the un-official kickoff of summer, we should all take a moment sometime today to silently thank those who’ve given their lives to defend and protect these United States of America.
They deserve at least that much.
Thirty-six years after the end of our Civil War — 1901 — the Confederate Memorial in the Arlington National Cemetery was built to honor those who gave their lives during that horrible war:
Not for fame or reward; not for place or for rank
not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity
but in simple obedience to duty, as they understood it.
These men suffered all, sacrificed all, dared all, and died.
While the memorial was constructed to recognize those who died in the Civil War — a war so remote to most of us now, we often forget how the hundreds of thousands of Americans died fighting one another — this day was constructed to remember all who’ve given their lives in the military service for their country.
Those who have died did so that, in the future, our country might be safer and so that we could continue to enjoy the freedoms we perhaps too-often take for granted.
I am grateful for the country I live in and for the sacrifices others have made to not only attain its freedom, but to keep it. Today, we remember their lives.
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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 26 May 2013
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Grohol, J. (2013). Memorial Day 2013. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 30, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/05/27/memorial-day-2013/