Kicking off the Summer with Memorial Day: The History & Present Day Holiday

Memorial Day Parade USA Memorial Day is a Federal holiday occurring on the final Monday of May. It was originally known as Decoration Day as people would head over to cemeteries and decorate the gravestones of soldiers that died during the Civil War. Today the holiday is a way to Honor all American Military Members Who Have Died or Have been Injured During a War. Each year for Memorial Day, The President or Vice-President goes to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown soldiers’ grave, as well as to give a speech. All over cities and towns throughout the country, parades are held and people gather to remember the lives of those who have been killed.

We Honor Those That Served by Celebrating with Family

For many though, Memorial Day weekend is a time of family gatherings and having fun. Particularly for high school and college students, Memorial Day represents the first real sign of summer. Many different schools hold a mini-break around Memorial Day so that means a break from classes, fun in the sun and much needed relaxation before the reality of finals sets in. Lots of seniors in high school are also busy getting ready for things like prom, senior skip days, etc.

Memorial Day: Fun in the Sun & Helping Others

However, not all students head down to Mexico or Aruba for fun in the sun. Many in fact, are now using the time they get off for Memorial Day to give back and focus on helping their communities. Whether it is volunteering at the local soup kitchen or traveling to another state to help with natural disaster relief, students are realizing the importance of giving back and helping those in need.

Volunteering goes hand in hand with Memorial Day, don’t you think? After all, the women and men who have lost their lives in battle were volunteering to protect this great country and allow us the freedoms we so often take for granted. Even though volunteering at your local YMCA might not seem like such a big deal, being there for others and helping your community is a great way to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Memorial Day is a Time to Remember & Celebrate Our Country

So what are your plans for this Memorial Day? Did your family have any traditions while you were growing up? We would love to hear from you! Proudly Supports The Wounded Warrior Project Proudly Supports Our Troops

Sierra Martinez is a Marine Corps wife, mother of one and a writer. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communications and a focus in Public Relations.