While many associate Memorial Day with picnics, barbecues, family gatherings and sporting events, let us not forget the true intent of the holiday. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to commemorate U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.
Quite frankly, since I find wishing someone a Happy Memorial Day a bit of an oxymoron, I would just like to take a moment to thank all the courageous men and women who have put their lives on the line for our freedom. Unlike Roger, I am not embarrassed to show my true colors.