Memorial Day 2014

I’ll admit, for me, Memorial Day often represents the first long weekend of the year, the kick-off of summer. I knew it had to do with remembering military service men and women, and I knew that it was a weekend when my parents remembered their lost loved ones.

I never really thought about it beyond that, and I’m ashamed to admit it. But this morning, I watched the following video:

imageIt so reminded me of how I used to feel when my dad arrived home from one of his trips. As a pilot in the Air Force, he was often gone for months at a time, and when he arrived home, sometimes by surprise and sometimes not, it was as if all was right with the world again.

The video prompted me to look up the “real” meaning of Memorial Day.  Wikipedia says:

Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered.[1] The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May,[2] was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.[3] It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

I’m grateful every day that my father always came home, but today, though I do look forward to a long weekend, I’ll remember those men and women who died while serving and the families to whom they didn’t come home.


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16 Responses to Memorial Day 2014

  1. Beth Carter says:

    I saw that commercial today, too, and nearly cried. What a beautiful, touching reminder. Great, timely blog post and you cleared up why I always thought we celebrated during the last weekend!


  2. Mustang.Koji says:

    Reblogged this on Masako and Spam Musubi and commented:
    Most sincere words about Memorial Day…


  3. Mustang.Koji says:

    Commercials like that always make me cry… Many, many people have no idea what it is to be a military family. It’s hard enough just having a regular job.

    I am glad your dad came home… and where are you in this portrait? The left rear perhaps?

    Enjoy your weekend!


    • Jan Morrill says:

      You guessed right, Koji. The oldest of five–the second mom. 🙂 I agree–most people think about the sacrifices by our service men and women, but often don’t think about the sacrifices made by the families. Thank you for your comment and thank you so much for sharing.


  4. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    The importance of Memorial Day!!! Don’t forget this …..


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  7. jaggh53163 says:

    What a beautiful picture. You were one of the lucky ones.


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