When I was a kid I LOVED Memorial day. I didn’t know the true meaning behind it but I knew that meant Family reunion. My father’s family always held a giant memorial weekend family reunion. My grandma would pick me up from school on Friday and we would be together by the pool and in the sun until Tuesday. Great food, good family and lots of laughs made those memories so very sweet. My grandmother was number 7 of 9 kids; each one of them had 2-7 kids. By the time I was old enough to remember there were more than 100 of us there. I always came back lobster red from having spent so much time in the sun. I was sun blistered and miserable when I came home but I wouldn’t give up that time for anything in the world.

As I got older I started paying attention to what Memorial Day was. I have a lot of family members in the Military so the days to remember them mean a lot to me. Remembering those who serve, remembering those who have died in the line of duty and taking time to appreciate your freedoms is what this day is for.

Wikipedia defines Memorial Day as “Memorial Day (or less commonly called Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day, particularly to honor those who died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

In June my daughter will be joining the United States Army and my son has been a Marine for 2 years. With both of my children in the Military everything even remotely related to the Military gives me pause. No matter how they trace the start of the Holiday it’s clear that it’s a day of remembrance. My family will get together and remember those we have loved, those we have lost and those still fighting.

PILR wishes you and your family a safe and happy Memorial day.