Memorial day: What it means.

Essay by greenb0ttlecapHigh School, 11th gradeA-, September 2005

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In our community it is very important to celebrate Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a patriotic part of our American culture. Every year, on the last Monday in May, we get a day off work or school to get together with our families. Memorial Day is important to celebrate in our community because it is to recognize those who served for our country; all the veterans.

Memorial Day is a special day for us to honor America's members of the armed forces that have lost their lives during time of war. It is a time for us to mark the graves of the brave soldiers that gave their lives for our country, pay our respects and give thanks for their sacrifice. Memorial Day has been around since the end of the Civil War, where it was originally called Decoration Day. The first Decoration Day took place on May 30, 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery under the order of General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Over time people began to forget or confuse what the holiday was meant to do. Most people began to use the day to honor any person that had died, not just soldiers, like the original intent of the holiday. It became a time for you to place flowers and clean up the graves of any family member or friend that had died. That is why it is important for our community to celebrate Memorial Day. This essay will help the students learn what Memorial Day is really about. Soon after people know the real meaning of 'Memorial Day" and why we celebrate it wont be just a day off from work and school, this day will be put into good use. It is important to celebrate Memorial Day...