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Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend But Take a Moment To Reflect On What Memorial Day is All About, says AMAC

Memorial DayWASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, May 27, the nation will celebrate Memorial Day. “And, while it marks the unofficial start of summer and the promise of much summertime sun and fun, it is also an opportunity for a moment of reflection on what Memorial Day is all about,” says Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].

The barbecue grills will be ablaze this weekend as family and friends come together for a celebration. But Weber urges us to take a moment to reflect on what we are celebrating, namely that our nation’s citizen soldiers — men and women — have been willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their homeland.

We remember the veterans who fought and died for our country on Memorial Day. But, says Weber, we should be grateful for all of the men and women, alive and dead, who chose to put their lives on the line for their country by serving in the military. As General George S. Patton put it: “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.”

The original “memorial day” was first celebrated on May 5, 1865, and it was called Decoration Day. It was established so the nation could pay its respects to the soldiers who lost their lives in the Civil War. Relatives, friends and neighbors would “decorate” their graves with flowers. Many years and too many wars later, the day was renamed, and in 1971 Congress turned Memorial Day into an official national holiday — to be celebrated on the last Monday in May — to pay tribute to those soldiers, sailors and air men and women who gave their lives for our freedom.

The Civil War was the bloodiest war fought on American soil. Some 2.4 million Americans fought each other in the War between the States and 620,000 of them — nearly 25 percent of them lost their lives in the conflict. The Second World War was the bloodiest war of all time. Tens of millions of civilians and soldiers were killed, including 417,000 U.S. soldiers who were part of our country’s Greatest Generation.

“But we mustn’t lose sight of our fellow countrymen who are putting their lives at risk to protect us right now in far flung places around the world,” says Weber. “Most of us will be out playing with our kids and grandkids this weekend. We’ll probably eat a little too much. We’ll catch up on the latest doings of our neighbors, friends and family members. We’ll be busy celebrating the non-official beginning of summer. Is it too much to ask that we take a few minutes to bow our heads in tribute to the men and women who gave their lives for us? And, perhaps, you may want to say a little prayer for the safety of those who are in service today.”


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Jack Thomas
3 years ago

We owe the men and women of our military the respect they deserve, no matter what one’s viewpoint may be on wars in which the United States was involved. The leftist, anti-America crowd that rants against our government and our capitalist system is “free” BECAUSE of the sacrifices made by those who chose to put on a uniform and serve our country. Those who spit at our soldiers returning from Vietnam and those who burned the American flag then — and even today — may have a legal right to do so, but in my opinion they should have their citizenship revoked.
My father ended WW2 as a captain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Europe.
My late father-in-law was a U.S. Navy machine gunner assigned to Merchant Marine ships in WW2, and had two different ships blown up underneath him and almost died while stranded at sea. It’s a miracle that he even survived. But God wasn’t finished with him; he came home shell-shocked and disoriented even after being treated in a U.S. military hospital. A relative found him one day wandering aimlessly in New York City and contacted his family. He later got married and had three beautiful daughters. I married one of them 25 years ago and I’m still happily married to her.

As for me, I joined the U.S. Air Force two years out of high school. Each of us took an oath to defend our country against all enemies “foreign and domestic.”

We kept it.

The spirit of that oath never left us; we honored it all of our lives, just as we honored and respected our fellow veterans. Today’s younger generation should take this as an example of what it means to be an American who values freedom and those who have fought to preserve it.

Dorothy Ingram
3 years ago

I don’t have any relatives who have served in combat, but I do have a high case of emotion when I see us celebrating our lives as free Americans; while there is so much on edge over seas. I’m quite sure Israel would appreciate a holiday without missiles being shot at them. And many of our military families celebrate their holiday while caring for a vet who is no longer able to see his/her own reward. And there are thousands of terminally ill vets who are homeless. Just as Christmas is not about receiving but giving, Easter is not just about the bunny; well Memorial Day shouldn’t be just the hot dogs and a bottle of beer. HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY FREE AMERICA!!!!! And while you’re at it, give a moment of your fun to think about what it costs our military to keep us safe.

Rebecca Olivo
3 years ago
Reply to  Dorothy Ingram

AMEN ❤???

3 years ago

Thank God for all these brave men and women of our armed forces. We need to honor them, and the American flag, every day.

3 years ago

I am not sure why some of the democrat socialists make negative comments on why they think the USA has never been great! I retired 30 years in the Army and sadly feel they are somewhat unpatriotic.

Rebecca Olivo
3 years ago
Reply to  George

I for one stand proud of ALL our brave servicemen and women who heeded the call. THANK you for your service ??❤?

Frank Venis
3 years ago

Please Memorial Day should be for the men and woman who died in battle. Thank god we have men and woman serving every day to keep us free but please Monday is for the men and women who died for us. Thank You.

Paul F Corcoran
3 years ago

I remember in 1936, the 71st year after the end of the Civil War, seeing a very old man in the Memorial Day Parade in my New Jersey Town ,a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was 104 years old and he sat in a Packard convertible . I was six years old and was amazed at the sight !
Today , too many of the current generation do not acknowledge what these magnificent warriors did so they can enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness !

Gerald Wayne Sullivan
3 years ago

I am a US Navy Veteran July 1971-March 1975, I knew several of the people this day is about, thanks to them we are the country we are. Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, and Veterans Day are all separate. I wish people would realize that and not celebrate them as the same.

Frank Venis
3 years ago


Barbara Smith
3 years ago

Thank you AMAC for reminding us what Memorial Day is all about. Thank you all military people for your service to our country. Thank you President Trump for your service to our country and your strength in leadership of our country. God bless America.

Michael Henchey
3 years ago

Good commentary. Col H

Maryann D.
3 years ago

Correction! The first official Memorial Day was designated to be May 30th by General Order of General John A. Logan in 1868. It remained on that date until 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act moving Memorial Day to the last Monday in May.

3 years ago

God Bless all the men and women who do their duty; serve with honor, and love our country above themselves. May we never forget their sacrifices, and the sacrifices of the all the brave Americans who have gone before them and now rest with their brothers and sisters in arms. God Bless America!

Donald Mccormick
3 years ago

I am REALLY OVERJOYED to NOT hear of a LOT of RADICAL LEFTIST contesting the use of the American flags and HONORING all of those military people that died defending the American way of life.

3 years ago

As a disabled Veteran I know what this is really about. IT’s suppose to be a ” Day of Remembrance” IT’s sad to see what going on in this country. I hope all will enjoy the cook out and family gatherings. As for me I’ll be remembering my brothers in arms that can’t enjoy family our friends because that gave everything they had. Please remember what they gave up. Just a few minutes of remembrance, for those who gave all they had and those who live with the physical and mental scars for the rest of their life.

Ruth R
3 years ago
Reply to  Richard

I do thank you and so many others for their huge sacrifices and amazing bravery. I will be praying for those who live with the lifelong scars inflicted by war.

Frank S.
3 years ago
Reply to  Richard

Richard, as someone that served his country in the USAF for over 32 years, I stand with you. The USA is a special country–not perfect by any means–but special non-the-less. It is breaking my heart to see so many others trying to remake it into some kind of imaginary utopia. These people are doing such dishonor to all the men and women who died defending America and all the good she stands for. I, too, will be spending some time remembering all our fallen. And I will ensure my grandchildren understand what Memorial Day really is about. God bless the USA, and all my brothers and sisters who have served and died for her!

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