Memorial Day is an American Holiday honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Even though many will use this as a long weekend away from work, to travel or hold a barbeque, don’t forget its purpose. Remember those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom we have. Maybe remember a family member who served in the military who had passed on and visit his/her gravesite.

Thank a Veteran and pray for those who have died.