It’s Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer. Many families enjoy a long weekend at the beach. Others visit local parks for a picnic barbecue. And in many small towns, there is an annual Memorial Day parade with scout troops, local bands, sports teams, community groups and even fire engines with blaring sirens.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. Families decorated the graves of fallen soldiers following the Civil War. Ceremonies honoring the memory of these soldiers continues to this day, with American flags or flowers placed on their graves. It is fitting to remember that our freedom is not free. Countless Americans gave their lives so that we can enjoy our liberty.
Be sure this Memorial Day to thank a veteran for their service or visit a veteran memorial. Support the VFW by purchasing a “red poppy” and wearing it proudly. Wishing you and your family a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.
~ The Jurgielewicz Family