What Does Memorial Day Mean to You?

On the somber day that began as Decoration Day, following the American Civil War, Memorial Day is a time to reflect on what the day means to so many.

"Memorial Day is a way of paying back to those who gave their lives for this county to be free," said William Barron.

"For so many families, it's the loss of someone in the service overseas, and I think about all of those people and all that they are sacrificing for us," Paulette Buchanan said.

"To honor my husband, who died 36 years ago," said Jacqueline Massey. "He was a veteran."

For many, it is not only a time to remember fallen solders, but a time to remember all loved ones who have died.

"For me, personally, remember my family members," said Buchanan.

To quote former president Franklin D. Roosevelt, "in the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved."

"In order for us to be free over here, they are over there giving their life so we may continue to live in freedom," said Barron.

"Memorial Day is a very special day in this country because we wouldn't be here had it not been for all those who were willing to serve our county, " said Massey.

Not only is the meaning behind Memorial Day so important for so many, but why after hundreds of years it is so important to hold on to?

"The fallen solders and the solders who are serving now, because the price of freedom is not free," Barron said.

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  • by Dave on May 31, 2010 at 02:15 PM
    Members of the military are not responsible for the war. They have simply answered the call of duty, which most of us, myself included, have not done. We are not glorifying war. We are glorifying, if you will, the courage of men and women who have answered the call. I for one appreciate it. I wish our countrymen did not have to be in Iraq and Afghanistan, or even at military stations in Germany or wherever. But I thank them for doing it, because the need does exist. We didn't start the terrorism. The U.S. seeks the END wars and terrorism is a war. If it's not fought and defeated, there won't be any peace for anyone anywhere.
  • by Warren Location: Richmond, VA on May 31, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    I once stood in an allied cemetary in Thailand. Thousands of graves lay before me. As I looked at the names not one person there was over 29 and most much younger. Memorial day ought to be a reminder to us all of the futility and utter waste of war. It should be a time for all Americans to dedicate themselves to striving for peaceful solutions and to demand of our government that peaceful solutions are to be sought before any thought of war is considered. As a southerner, I think of the waste of humanity when this country fought it's civil war and think of this as the saddest time of national life. I'm not a pacifist, but Memorial day is too often used to glorify the military rather than reflect on the waste of life war brings.
  • by Michael D. Engle Location: Hollister,Mo on May 31, 2010 at 01:26 PM
    This is the day that we honor those that were unselfish enough to turn their lives over to the US Government for a period of years with no strings attached. We said here I am to help you keep our country strong and if I die then at least I died for something. It is for the young people that chose to serve rather than hiding in school or parenthood, as so many did during the 60's when we were all expected to do our duty. May those young people that did not return never die in vain. Also this is the day to remember our parents that have passed to another place and to the memory of our love for them.
  • by Milt Location: South Dakota on May 31, 2010 at 01:15 PM
    I fought for my country in Korea and remember those who died in the conflict. I pray that America will remain a free nation for all who died to protect our freedom. I wish our President could have been at Arlington today. God bless our fallen hero's we love you for what you did for America
  • by albert Location: great neck ny on May 31, 2010 at 01:02 PM
    It is a day to remember that good war or bad war those who have died represent the best and youngest fo a free people.
  • by John Location: Erwin NC on May 31, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    To those that hide behind, "I support the military" I don't the War. Are you for real. War makes service men & women not the oposite and war is made by politicians, greed with power. War, conflict,police action, whatever, it will never disappear, shameful!
  • by Jeff Dean Location: Little Rock, Mississippi on May 31, 2010 at 12:23 PM
    Remember Those Fallen Heroes Today, That Have Given Their All To See Us Through Tomorrow. Ode To Warriors Tis the most mortal of days, men shall die, before this sun will set. Amidst a daring charge into the enemy ranks, this day blood shall be let. Honor your heroes, with not tears of sorrow. For they layed down their lives today for you and a better tomorrow. At the end of this day, cherish those fallen ones, that lie strewn across this battlefield of hell. Take them into thine hearts, and their stories go and tell. Shout it to the four wild winds, their sacrifices for all to know. Carry them with thee in thanks, wherever thy go. As we commit them to the clay, bow thine head before thy walk away. For a reverence to a hero, that you send to the heavens this day. Go on gentle warriors, and rest ye now in peace. This war for thou has ended, thy battles have ceased. By: J. Lewis Dean
  • by bob Location: largo fk on May 31, 2010 at 12:19 PM
    "That FRom These Honored Dead WE Take Increased Devotion To That Cause For Which They Gave The Last Full Measure Of Devotion" -- Abraham Lincoln
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