Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day - The Day We Remember Our Fallen Soldiers

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Today, Memorial Day, we take time to remember the soldiers that gave the ultimate sacrifice in American wars. Millions of families will gather together to eat a meal and spend some time together. Yet many families will have an empty chair at their table because their loved one sacrificed for our country. We can 't ever forget these men and women who left friends and family behind and never returned. Let's also keep in our hearts and prayers the families that must go on in anguish because of their loss.

Here are 10 facts about the last Monday in May.

10. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day.

9. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868.

8. Originally, the day was to honor soldiers killed in the Civil War.

7. After World War I, people began to observe and honor those who were killed in all of America's wars.

6. The day was declared a national holiday by Congress in 1971.

5. The birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, New York. The town first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866, by closing businesses, and residents decorated soldiers' graves with flowers.

4. Waterloo was declared Memorial Day's birthplace by President Lyndon Johnson.

3. About 5,000 people attend the Memorial Day ceremony every year at Arlington National Cemetery.

2. Some southern states set aside a special day for honoring the Confederate dead. It's known as (surprise) Confederate Memorial Day.

1. On Memorial Day, a wreath is typically laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the president or vice president.

A video tribute to the fallen heroes:

Today we will be enjoying the freedom that has been paid for in the blood of our fallen sons and daughters. Let's remember them today and everyday.

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