The Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs reports that more than 1.1 million American military deaths have occurred since the Revolutionary War. There was some debate as to which city came up with the name "Memorial Day".
Americans have defended this land and its people from invasions, to civil war, and in recent years, terror attacks.
Beginning soon after the Civil War, a day in May was set aside as a time to decorate with flowers the graves of the war dead.
"These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror". Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.
The keynote speaker was Major General James K. Brown Jr., who thanked the veterans for their service and said he hoped to end up at this home in the later years of his life. Unfortunately, it may appear as if we are not aware of the real meaning of Memorial Day: It's about men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country. Over time, Decoration Day became commonly known as Memorial Day, and it was officially established as such in 1967.
Don't embarrass yourself. Inevitably, someone says something demonstrating confusion over the difference between Memorial Day, Veterans Day and even Labor Day. At 12 years old, his father decided this would be the year to show him and his siblings why dad gets a three day holiday from his job at Mayport Naval Station.
In 1971, the last Monday in May was declared to be Memorial Day and a national holiday.
When he finished, thousands of volunteers decorated the many graves of Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.
"Every day is Memorial Day for us". Their sacrifice, most often at an early age before they could enjoy a family and a career, occurred around the world. 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.