What Memorial Day Means to Me

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What Memorial Day Means To Me
By: Emily Zheng

Memorial Day is when we honor soldiers who fought to make the world a better place. The meaning is to remember what they have done for us. Memorial Day means peace and thankfulness to me. It isn’t just about having a wonderful time, it means more than that. Without Memorial Day, we wouldn’t have freedom.

All of the soldiers who fought on the second to last day of May are honored on Memorial Day, May 30. We should all be thankful and show respect. It is a time where you can get together and share the sorrow of the deaths of the soldiers who have fought for us. A time for remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. Traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Many people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade for decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

Since the late 50s’ on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to make sure each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning on 1998, on the Saturday before...
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