Memorial Day Essay

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What is the first thing that goes though your mind when you hear the words Memorial Day? What does it mean to you? What symbolization does it hold in you? Ladies and gentlemen, sadly enough, the true meaning of Memorial Day has been seemingly lost by the majority of Americans today. Many confuse this day for Veterans Day or even Armed Forces Day. Although it is highly appropriate to honor all our veterans, living and dead, and to recognize their immeasurable contributions to our country, this is not the true meaning of Memorial Day. When I asked you what the day means to you…what is symbolized to you, what went through you mind? Did you simply think of it as another federal holiday? A 3-day weekend? The beginning of the 100 days of …show more content…
NO VICTORY is free from sorrow and every loss of life is a tragedy. It is a loss our military, our nation, and our families feel and together we grieve each and every loss. We have had more than more than 42 million men and women serve in America's military since the Revolutionary War and of those more than 1.1 million have given the ultimate sacrifice. TELL ME, IS IT HUMAN NATURE NOT to recognize that each of our fallen had dreams of their own…..dreams of going back to a way of life they once enjoyed and knew….back to family and friends….waiting for them….expecting to see them again. They all had thoughts of a future, just as we do, with plans and hopes for a long, full life. FOR SOME FAMILIES left behind, there may remain a painful memory in the form of one last kiss as the train pulled away, a final wink or wisecrack from a big brother, a brave smile from a son who seemed like a boy. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE KNOWN LOSS and has felt that absence of a loved one, Memorial Day gives formal expression to a very personal nature. Their losses can be marked, but not measured…for we can never measure the full value of what was gained by their sacrifice. DO YOU STILL FEEL IT’S HUMAN NATURE TO FORGET? If American doesn’t care to remember, why do we fight at all?

The answer is both simple -- yet complex…as complex as the soul of America itself. We fight because we believe. Not that war is good, but that sometimes it is necessary. Our soldiers fight and die not for the glory

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