Memorial Day: We Honor And Remember Those Who Have Fallen

Memorial Day 2023. It's more than an extended holiday.
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CHARLOTTE – On May 29, America will once again honor those brave and patriotic citizens who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving our nation since the American Revolution and all the conflicts and wars in-between and through today.

The event originally called Decoration Day was started to honor Union and Confederate soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After the first World War, it was extended to include all men and women who died in all our country’s wars and military actions.

Memorial Day is a significant holiday in America observed on the last Monday of May each year. It is a day dedicated to honoring and remembering the men and women who have died while serving in our nation’s armed forces to gain and retain our freedom. It’s a solemn day, a respectful and thankful occasion to those who have fallen.

Most veterans are your everyday individual citizens who have served in the military and may be living or deceased. Therefore, sending Memorial Day messages and wishes for all veterans serves several important purposes.

Remembering the fallen: Memorial Day is primarily about remembering the fallen heroes who fought with courage and honoring their sacrifice. They will never be forgotten, as we owe them a debt of gratitude and honor their memory. Their bravery and selflessness should inspire us all.

Expressing gratitude: Memorial Day is a time to express our gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices made by those who have served in our military. By sending messages and good wishes, we convey our thanks and acknowledge their service to our nation.

Fostering unity and community: Memorial Day messages and wishes should foster a sense of unity among citizens and patriots. The holiday creates a shared bond of appreciation for veterans and their families. By participating in and acknowledging this collective act, citizens come together to honor and remember the sacrifices many veterans have made, especially those who have given their lives in defense of the freedoms we hold dear as Americans.

Memorial Day is not just another extended weekend to have time off from work and school for the vast majority of citizens. It is also not just the beginning of the summer season. Instead, it’s a day of remembrance, honor, duty, courage, and the sacrifices made by those who have made a commitment to an oath and were willing to be part of something more important than themselves. Please join us in paying tribute to those who sacrificed for our country.

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran's affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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