Memorial Day is so much more than just another three-day weekend
Memorial Day is a day when we should remember those who died in the armed services, defending our freedom. And also to pay our respects to those who are still alive.
Through the years, some of us have forgotten why this important federal holiday was created. To many, the day is simply considered a Monday off from work — a three-day weekend that signals the arrival of the summer season.
But it is much more than that.
In this country, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. The day when graves of soldiers were decorated dates back to the Civil War when more than 600,000 soldiers died.