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To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning

30 May 2017, 06:26 | Amanda Barker

"These are people who, in the prime of their life, stopped what they were doing and put their nation first", Ellis said.

Memorial Day does have an interesting history.

This weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer.

We can reflect on what Memorial Day means and discuss the meaning with our children, family, and friends.

"A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle". James E. Wright explains the terms "monument" and "memorial" are sometimes used interchangeably to describe the many locations across the United States which honor the fallen.

In November 1941, just weeks before the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued a proclamation designating December 15 as Bill of Rights Day. By the early 20th century, the holiday had evolved to honor all military members who died in service.

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Memorial Day has varied significance for Americans today, in view of the outcome of the conflict in Southeast Asia, where about 55,000 Americans died fighting against communism and dictatorship. More a respect. Veterans groups say a growing military civilian disconnect.

On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from the traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. On Monday, the cemetery is holding a Memorial day service at 10.

Following World War I, the holiday was adjusted to remember the fallen of any American war and it became a national holiday in 1971. "But this is the one day that we remember service members who died and gave their lives for our country".

Organizations like The American Legion and VFW are often the places to host community events for Memorial Day, but when the holiday's over, members say it can be a struggle to get veterans involved.

You think swimming, roasting marshmallows and grilling hot dogs makes a Memorial Day? To those not serving, he wished for them to be safe and enjoy a day of freedom that was provided by those who fight for our country.

Inspired by the poem, Moina Michael was said to have conceived the idea of wearing red poppies to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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