I remember years ago hearing someone correct someone else who said, "Happy Memorial Day." There's nothing happy about the day, they said. It's about remembering service men and women who've died during conflicts.
They have a point: Memorial Day was created as a day set aside to decorate the graves of soldiers who died defending the U.S. during the most recent battle. What's really interesting when you dig around and read about the history of Memorial Day is how it has evolved from a quiet day of remembrance to a three-day weekend packed with parades, barbeques, and Memorial Day sales.
Check out the wording from the original declaration: "In this observance, no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit." In other words, the founders of Memorial Day left it up to us to decide how to remember fallen soldiers; there's no single "right" way to do it.
Before you start your Memorial Day celebration, in honor of our military men and women and first responders who have lost their lives while defending our country, join me by taking a quiet moment to honor them. And then, as you fire up the grill, line up to cheer at your local parade, or head to the mall to spend your hard-earned cash, don't forget to thank those who made these freedoms possible.
Helpful resources for veterans and their families
Rolling out this summer, Apple's Health Records on iPhone will include access to your records, privately, from Veterans Health Administration. Tap or click for instructions to set up your iPhone to access your military health records.
This list of websites helps veterans connect with former military units, find information about benefits and services, and stay up to date on military news. Tap or click for sites for veterans to reconnect, get services, and more.
Qualifying veterans can get access to the internet for only $10 a month, plus they can get a desktop or laptop computer for only $150 (plus tax). Tap or click to learn how to qualify and apply for discount internet.
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