Memorial Day – Let’s Not Forget What It’s All About.



Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery – Pt. Loma, CA – Memorial Day 2012

Memorial Day is the American Holiday observed on the last Monday of May, It honors the men and women who died while serving in war or while otherwise serving in the United States Military.

Originally called Decoration Day, it came into being in the years after the Civil War when Americans in cities and towns began holding springtime tributes to the fallen soldiers of the Civil War by decorating their graves with flowers, and also reciting prayers and poems to the fallen.

It became Memorial Day as we started to honor and decorate the graves of all of our fallen from all wars and conflicts.

Most cemeteries decorate the graves of our fallen with flags, and hold ceremonies reminding us all of the meaning of the words: sacrifice, honor, duty, Country.

No matter your plans for this Memorial Day weekend – please take a moment and remember why it is you have an extra day off work. Remember why it is you have the freedom to say what you please, write what you please, worship whomever you please, and cast your vote as you please.

I’ll be remembering and thanking my great grandfather, grandfather, father, uncles, cousins, friends who were in uniform during the Civil War, WW I, WW II, Korea, and Vietnam.

I’ll also be thinking of family and friends still living who need to be honored and respected for their service during Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan… War changes everyone – living or dead – and they all need to be honored.

If you can’t get to a cemetery to pay tribute you can honor the fallen in your own little part of the world. The US Government’s website tells us we can also “Pay tribute to the U.S. men and women who died during military service by observing a minute of silence at 3:00 PM, local time.”

To all members of our United States Armed Services, past and present – you have my heartfelt gratitude and thanks for your service.


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3 Responses to Memorial Day – Let’s Not Forget What It’s All About.

  1. Som says:

    Good morning Barbara Weicksel,

    We are looking for a photo to post on our facebook page for Memorial Day and we found your photo is perfect! Our page is We would like to ask for your permission for us to post your photo. We will not alter anything to the photo and keep your credit on the photo.

    We are looking forward to hearing back soon.

    Thank you.

    Mango Tree DC

  2. Som says:

    Thank you very much for your permission. However, we are truly sorry that we didn’t finally get to use your photo. Since we manage the page from Bangkok, Thailand, so it was a bit late here when we received your response and we had to select another photo for our post first. We are sorry that we just changed the plan for our post in last minute, so did not have much time to look for a photo and we couldn’t wait until we received your reply. Please accept our apology for this.

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