On this Memorial Day weekend, we here at Geeky KOOL would like to take a few minutes to remember the brave soldiers and other service men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice. These men and women fought and died so we can experience all of the great freedoms that we have today.
This day was set aside to remember those that gave their lives for our freedoms in the United States. Originally it was to honor those that died in the Civil War but has carried on to honor all that died serving our country. It used to be called Decoration Day because it is a day to decorate the graves of our soldiers. Red poppies are a symbol of remembrance.
Memorial Day weekend for me as a kid is way different than it is for most nowadays. As a kid, my Grandmother would sell Red Poppies on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. She would spend all day selling them in my little home town to support the local Legion, who would decorate the graves of those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. On Saturday, my whole family would go and put flowers on graves at local cemeteries. These memories resonate strongly with me.
We often forget the families that lost their love ones to this sacrifice. The spouses, children, parents, and other family members are devastated but often forgotten. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to them on this Memorial Day and every day.
In between going to the lake, BBQ, trips to the lake, and spending time with friends on this day, make sure to remember what this holiday weekend is really about.