Memorial Day 2021

Fewer than half of surveyed American citizens know that Memorial Day was instituted to honor individuals who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. Approximately one-third of those surveyed were unsure of the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day.

Actually, Memorial Day or as it was previously also called, Decoration Day, has been observed since the late 1860s across the United States to memorialize all those who have died in the nation’s wars and military conflicts. We traditionally place flags and flowers on the graves of those who died in action.

Today, we pause to honor our war dead remembering those who paid the ultimate price for the benefit of our democratic republic.

U.S. Civil War, Union Veterans Section at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Norfolk, Nebraska

The Blue Jay of Happiness ponders advice from President George Washington. “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”  

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5 Responses to Memorial Day 2021

  1. Alien Resort says:

    Forgot about Decoration Day. That’s what the old people used to call it.

  2. It is important to remember and honor what they died for. It wasn’t a political party or a person, but the principles upon which the country was founded and the ongoing struggle to live up to them.

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