To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning

Posted May 30, 2017

Different states have observed Memorial Day on different days for more than a century.

Chris Wilson, vice president of major accounts at DiversityInc., said that Memorial Day is a holiday where people should "memorialize those that made a decision to sign a contract" to join the US military. But when you ask them about their experiences, many will talk about the comrades who did not make it home. Those sacrifices allow us to indulge in all the other activities that fill our calendar on this weekend - barbecues and getaways and gatherings with family and friends. It shouldn't. In World War II, some 61 percent of US military personnel were drafted.

"We invite all Americans to share a moment of silence with us in honor of all men and women who have fallen in the line of duty", continued Jaslow. Check out the National Gold Star Family Registry, where you cannot only look up and thank the families of those who've made the ultimate sacrifice, but you can also check out their list of organizations devoted to helping those left behind. However, something has been lost in the cultural environment that tied us more to veterans and those who died in service to their country. No matter what your political leanings, or what your opinions on how best to support our military, those who choose to serve our country and die as a result, as well as their families, deserve our utmost respect. On Decoration Day, she went to the cemetery carrying 40 wreaths for 40 graves. The sacrifice of the fallen has allowed the rest of us to enjoy the benefits of a nation that still, for all its flaws, is a beacon of freedom for much of the world. A ceremony in Waterloo on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War.

That began a somber tradition that has been expanded and remains today. Almost 200 cemeteries across the country participated in Decoration Day that first year.

The federal government also declared Waterloo, New York as the official birthplace of Memorial Day.

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The Grand Ledge Memorial Day parade will step off at 11 a.m.in downtown Grand Ledge.

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Later in the morning, against the backdrop of downtown's All Wars Memorial, another throng of veterans gathered to observe the solemn holiday.

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