We often confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day. Though they both are meant to honor those who have served, they have distinctly different meanings.
Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
There are numerous charities out there to help the families of fallen soldiers as well as to help those who are suffering after their service. I support the Wounded Warrior Project, though according to charitynavigator.org only 57.7% of their revenue actually goes to support their programs. Another 36.5% goes into fund raising. I still believe that this is a worthy organization but there are many others out there as well that offer similar support.
The loss of a loved one is always a terrible thing. When they are lost in service to their country it usually comes when they are in the prime of their lives and often when they have children themselves. What makes it worse, I think, is when their sacrifice is forgotten. We have such a wonderful life here in America, thanks to American Soldiers who have fought to keep it that way. How are we to keep a nation of freedoms and liberty if we don’t honor those and show our respect for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep it that way?