True Meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a favorite holiday for many Americans.  it symbolizes the first day of summer.  traditional family get togethers abound through the 50 states. But these are symbolic events that occur on the last Monday of May. What is the true meaning of Memorial Day?

True Meaning of Memorial Day

There always seems to be confusion between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. While we are forever grateful for all of those in our armed services daily, Memorial Day is the ONE day out of 365 dedicated to remember and respect those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Memorial Day is an American holiday honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

The following is from the History Channel.  A little background goes a long way to understand the solemn day Memorial Day really is.

True Meaning of Memorial Day

The truth is Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of their country. Those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle are particularly remembered.

We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home. Whether it be events, parades or silent reflection, Memorial Day touches us all. For many reasons, it’s why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today. One consideration is be how we can support and safeguard their grieving families and loved ones who are left behind.

Civil War and Decoration Day

The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.  By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers. This was called Decoration Day. But, the True Meaning of Memorial Day was born.

History of Memorial Day

During World War I, the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars, including World War II, The Vietnam War, The Korean War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees. The change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Arlington Cemetery

Tim Lawson and Eric Rosenthal produce one of the best casino/gambling podcasts to date. Tim, an Emmy Award winner and lead podcaster on The Bettor Life is also a proud veteran. He shared some videos concerning the history and preparation of Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day. Here is one short video to end our salute to our fallen men and women of the military.

Thank you Tim for sharing.   Video

From all of us at NETimeGambling (Bin, Bert, and Miguel), have a safe, enjoyable, and healthy Memorial Day.

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