To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning

To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning

The history of Memorial Day dates back to May 5, 1868, the day the Civil War ended.

One of the most recognized parts of Memorial Day, the wearing of red poppy flowers, originated early last century. "I know that's important to be with your family, but when you're with your family, remember the veterans". Almost 200 cemeteries across the country participated in Decoration Day that first year.

The rain cleared out Monday morning bringing crowds of people to downtown Mansfield for the annual Memorial Day Parade.

Veterans groups say a growing military-civilian disconnect contributes to a feeling that Memorial Day has been overshadowed.

Memorial Day is about honoring our military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom.

They then held a brief ceremony inside the American Legion Post 398.

Memorial Day originated with the practice of women decorating the graves of fallen soldiers during the Civil War, a simple gesture to honor and remember those who died fighting.

"It's a fun holiday for people: 'Let's party.' It's an extra day off from work", said Carol Resh, 61, whose son, Army Capt. Mark Resh, was killed in Iraq a decade ago.

The never-ending winter and the never-arriving spring suddenly have given way to summer-like sunshine and warm temperatures, which arrived just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend.

Too many of us take our military members, veterans and those who put their lives on the line for granted.

Across the country, humble tributes occurred on that first Decoration Day.

Before Memorial Day came a holiday called Decoration Day.

Logan's decree called for Americans to lay flowers and decorate the graves of the war dead "whose bodies now lie in nearly every city, village and hamlet church yard in the land".

The causes of war are regrettable, but the courage to serve and sacrifice for the preservation of our nation and the freedoms of the United States should always be remembered with deep gratitude. Wait, what? We don't talk much about this day, probably because it's not a legal holiday, it's on a weekend (the third Saturday in May), there are no sales, and it happens right before the Memorial Day - which steals its thunder.

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