May 22, 2024

Keeping Memorial Day a Day of Remembrance

On Monday, May 27, 2024, we will observe Memorial Day. While many consider this the unofficial start of summer, the day means so much more. Memorial Day was formally known as Decoration Day, or a day to honor American Soldiers who gave their life in defense of our country.

Following World War II, Decoration Day transitioned to Memorial Day. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed establishing the last Monday in May as Memorial Day.

We as Americans far too often take for granted the sacrifices that have been made to preserve our way of life. Many have visited Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C., and witnessed row upon row of white crosses, each representing a father, mother, brother, sister, son, or daughter. Over 400,000 graves are marked inside Arlington. 

During World War I and World War II, our members of the military took up the fight in foreign lands. The soil of Europe was mixed with the blood of our fighting personnel. Over 124,000 American heroes are buried in foreign cemeteries. These sacrifices should never be forgotten. The freedoms we enjoy and the freedom of those in other lands have been bought with the blood of the American soldier. 

This Monday, take time out from your picnic, boating trip, or get together to remember the lives that were given to provide you with the freedom to choose your way of life. May we never take for granted or forget the ultimate sacrifice that was given for us all. On behalf of the Region 8 Leadership and Staff, make Memorial Day a day of remembrance.


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