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A Federal US Holiday which commemorates Military Forces killed in war

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Military or not, I honor those who've fought their own battles on Memorial Day.

  • May 21, 2009
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Memorial Day weekend usually hits me as a weekend for honoring those that we have lost, time for friends and family, possible shopping sprees and a game-opener type weekend to the summer season. 

Honoring those that we've lost on Memorial Day is most important to me. It would be wrong to go through the weekend without taking the time to think about people in our lives that are no longer with us.  For many, I know Memorial Day weekend is probably a time to honor those who have died in past and current wars, devoting service to our country.  But while not many folks in my family are in the military, many have lost their lives to their own battles: strokes, heart attacks, cancer.  I take Memorial Day as a time to honor even these people, and a time to celebrate their lives as well.

I often think about what these certain people would want for us if they were still here.  It's often a phrase that is said when our loved ones come up in conversation...

"She would have loved for us to get together this weekend."
"I know he would have enjoyed seeing this movie with us."
"He must be laughing right now hearing us talk about this."
"She would have loved to buy one of these right now."

For me, these phrases usually help plan out my Memorial Day weekend, and almost always - I end up celebrating Memorial day in the fashion that my past loved ones would have loved to see happen.  They often include times of relaxation with the family, a little recreation of some sort, and shopping for great deals that come up in the stores and malls.

Whatever happens this the weekend, I always take it as a humbling/bittersweet feeling.  Either way, I enjoy taking the time to celebrate those I love.

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Quick Tip by . May 28, 2012
While I haven't served in the US miltary or have any immediate friends or family that have served our country, I do what Madpenguin does and take a long moment of silence to honor the men and women that died for their military services, in the true spirit of Memorial Day.
Quick Tip by . May 27, 2011
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Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. The day commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military services. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was later expanded after World War 1 to include American casualties of any war or military action. Friends and family observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials of loved ones.

As the unofficial beginning of summer, it is the traditional weekend in which people reopen pools and take in the sunshine. In addition to remembrance, Memorial Day is often seen as a time to share with family; picnics, barbeques, festivals and sporting events are yearly rituals for many. Additionally, one of the longest-standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.

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