Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. But it’s also about spending time with friends, family and those you love. To commemorate this important holiday, In Military has shared a special video featuring the timeless words of President Reagan in his Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery in 1985.
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Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, is observed annually on November 11th and gives the nation an opportunity to honor those who served in the U.S. Military. Many other countries celebrate the same day as Remembrance Day to mark the end of major hostilities after World War I, but for Americans, it’s a day to explicitly thank a veteran for his or her service and sacrifice.
On Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who gave their lives for our country. To commemorate this important holiday, we’re sharing a special In Military video with U.S. Air Force Veteran Dr. Chris Reynolds, who reflects on what the holiday means to him.
Sometimes, I wonder if the sacrifices of our soldiers are forgotten because of time, the remoteness of many wars, and the volunteer status of our armed forces. Memorial Day is a national holiday and a time for remembrance of those who gave their lives in order to preserve our freedoms.
The poem below was written by one of our alums, Joe DeCree.
Last year on Memorial Day, I posted an article providing some information on the history and significance of this holiday. This year, I wanted to take an opportunity to recognize and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Though the statement, “Freedom is not free” is a bit of a cliché, it certainly contains much truth.
Monday, May 26, is Memorial Day. The holiday originates with a day of recognition to honor the dead from the Civil War (or War Between the States) and was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. By 1890, all northern states observed the holiday with the Southern states refusing to observe the holiday until after World War I when it was changed to honor the dead from all wars.