I know I’m a day behind. I would’ve sent this yesterday if I hadn’t been ‘resting.’
I do want to pay tribute to Americans who have served their country in the past and who do so today. This holiday is particularly meaningful for me because I wouldn’t be here if my dad hadn’t enlisted with the U.S. Navy in the Philippines. A good majority of my family members owe their citizenship to the U.S. military. I spent my weekends at the local naval base and commissary, and I’m proud that it’s part of my history. Not only am I proud, I’m extremely appreciative knowing exactly where my parents came from back in the homeland. They are not one of the waves of wealthy immigrants. They had a hard life back there and I’ve seen it first-hand. I have three cousins who are isolated from their families, but currently serve with purpose. I’m sincerely proud of their commitment and of all Americans who have given their time.
Here’s is an interesting background from Wikipedia.
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.
In addition to remembrance, Memorial Day is also a time for picnics, family gatherings, and sporting events. Some Americans view Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of summer and Labor Day as the unofficial end of the season. The national Click it or Ticket campaign ramps up beginning Memorial Day weekend, noting the beginning of the most dangerous season for auto accidents and other safety related incidents. Some Americans use Memorial Day to also honor any family members who have died, not just servicemen.