Memorial Day Weekend is always a fun weekend filled with picnics, parades, beaches and plenty of All- American pie! Unfortunately; throughout the years, I believe we have forgotten its purpose. It was first officially observed in 1868 as the day given to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for the preservation of our country. Please remember all of the fallen soldiers throughout our nation’s history, and those fighting overseas this day by putting American flags in our yards, flowers at our cemeteries, and thankful prayers in our hearts. Let us all make this Memorial Day a day of remembrance, gratitude, and merriment!
We cherish too, the poppy red,
That grows on fields that valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies,
That blood of heroes never dies.
-- Moina Michael (1915)
This poem inspired poppies to be worn and sold on Memorial Day to support Veteran efforts.