What is Memorial Day?

This year I wanted to try something new to honor Memorial Day. Let’s learn together about the history and traditions associated with Memorial Day, a federal holiday observed in the United States on the last Monday in May. It is a day to remember and honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Memorial Day originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that conflict. Over time, Memorial Day has expanded to honor all American military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

Produced in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless the USA.

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  1. Interesting history of the tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of fallen soldiers: Have you ever been in a cemetery and saw coins laying on a tombstone?

    Col. Dave Taylor, a Vietnam War veteran, explained the tradition and the reason behind it. A coin left on a headstone lets the deceased soldier’s family know that somebody stopped by to pay their respects.

    If you leave a penny, it means you visited. A nickel means that you and the deceased soldier trained at boot camp together. If you served with the soldier, you leave a dime. A quarter is very significant because it means that you were there when that soldier was killed. Taylor says the tradition became popular in the United States during the Vietnam War.

    Story credit: ABC7 Chicago


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