Memorial Day is around the corner. As the holiday usually conjures up barbecues and family gatherings, we wanted to take this time to reach out to all MOS members and remember our fallen heroes. Our community is keenly aware of the sacrifice this day is really about.
What is Memorial Day? Wikipedia defines it is a federal holiday for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces and is observed every year on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolves not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
We’ll leave you with a quote from Pete Hegseth:
"Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that's a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It's a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it."
As we pause to pay respects, let’s also enjoy the long weekend. We want to wish all of you a Happy Memorial Day. Be safe!
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