Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season, even though summer is not until June 21st, 2018, it is the beginning of beach and bbq season and seen as the kickstart of the summer season.
Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of remembrance. Many people choose to hold picnics, sports events, bbq, and family gatherings on this weekend. For the fashion conscious, it is seen as acceptable to wear white clothing, particularly shoes from Memorial Day until Labor Day. However, fewer and fewer people follow this rule and many wear white clothing throughout the year.
As our nation celebrates Memorial Day on this beautiful weekend, we could take the opportunity as well to reflect on the sacrifice of the members of our armed forces who gave their lives so we can enjoy freedom and prosperity in the greatest human experience ever known.
We could also take time to reflect on what we can do for those currently serving, the veterans who have returned home, and the future soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of our republic.