This year, I hope people take the time to recognize the true meaning of Memorial Day and not merely relegate it to a day of simple rest and relaxation.
There are many ways to honor active, reserve and former veterans, as well as those who died in service of their country.
"I've escorted bodies.their is a hurt there", Potter said.
Her husband is now in the Army Reserves and she said her family knows how fortunate they are, so placing flowers is the least they can do. "As we observe Memorial Day, our hearts are filled with gratitude to the fearless soldiers, and airmen and women".
"I just don't want this generation to forget where we came from", said Joseph Cronin, a Cold War veteran.
Speaking while standing next to her brother's grave in Bushnell, Decker said she tries to honor Grater on more than just Memorial Day.
Memorial Day what are your thoughts you think that we're not giving today that respect that it deserves that you think for many Americans. Enjoy the day off if you have one, and remember the true roots of the day. But the day has recovered some of its essence because of the rising number of dead Americans who will be honored by their families this weekend for service during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan throughout these long, bloody 15 years. For years, the late Hawaii Sen.
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World War II - 405,399 Americans died.
That leaves it to people like Resh, the Gold Star mother, to spread the message.
Thousands of American flags lined cemetery grave stones for Memorial Day, a site that many family members come to remember lost loved ones that paid the ultimate price. Kishwaukee Cemetery Association presented the Memorial Day ceremony.
"Past history has tried to regulate the status of those who gather and for men those who hunt", he said.
Memorial Day events were organized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, The Vietnam Veterans Association, the Girl Scouts of America, the Durango Karate Club and other local volunteers.
In this May 27, 2017 photo, motorcyclists ride into Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pa., for a Memorial Day weekend program.
What is Memorial Day like today?