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Honoring Memorial Day, Honoring the People of our Country

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Jennifer Belden

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“History”: http://www.usmemorialday.org/?page_id=2
“Memorial Day”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
“Memorial Day History”: http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/
“The Untold Story of American Soldiers Wounded in
Afghanistan,” transcript between journalist Ann
Jones on her new book and Jaisal Noor, TRNN
producer: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?
"What's the Difference Between Memorial Day and
Veterans Day?" by Nancy Yang: http://
"The Wall that Heals": https://www.nps.gov/vive/
Remarque, Erich Maria.
All Quiet on the Western Fron
Translated by A.W. Wheen. New York: Random
House, 1987.

1865 - Civil War Ends
A National Moment of Remembrance.

Maybe you are playing baseball at the park.
Maybe you are cooking hot dogs on the grill in your backyard.
Maybe you are driving back home from a weekend camping trip.

3 P.M. on Memorial Day.
Hold the ball. Put down the tongs. Pull over to the side of the road.

Observe a full minute of silence and remember the soldiers who have given their lives so you can play, eat, live freely.

You bow your head. You close your eyes. You take the minute to remember that they had families, lives, dreams, and they gave it all up for you. And you say Thank You.

What has changing
the date done to
Memorial Day?
1.8 million soldiers have given their lives since founding of our country in 1775,
so that our country is free and our citizens live in a Democratic society.

When Memorial Day was made the last Monday of May, the meaning of the day became distorted - instead of being a day to remember and honor our lost heroes, it became a day to celebrate the beginning of summer. Instead of somber ceremonies where we acknowledge what was lost so that we could be free, we are busy barbequing and opening our backyard pools for the summer.

If we return Memorial Day to May 30th,
it would eliminate the 3-day weekend we think of as a holiday.
If we return Memorial Day to May 30th,
it would return to the original meaning of the day.

The Vietnam War Memorial
One of the most visually moving shows of respect for soldiers killed in the line of duty.
Last year on this day, he had been sitting in English class, staring out of the window at the trees instead of listening to Mr. Burch drone on about
All Quiet on the Western Front
. He hadn’t even looked to the front of the room until the quote that got them all going:
“Many's the man before you has had his pants full after the first bombardment. Go behind that bush there and throw your underpants away…”
They’d all laughed and laughed at the image.
It wasn’t funny anymore.
It wasn’t funny to think about when you’d lost it too. When bombs started exploding, you went scared like a rabbit, unable to move or breathe or react. When you got assigned Mortuary Affairs, because you were better at picking up the pieces left over after an explosion than avoiding the explosion in the first place.
Last year on this day, they had all laughed and laughed and laughed.
Today, he was picking up pieces of 20-year old boys and smelling like burnt skin and death.

The Difference Between Memorial Day & Veterans Day
Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day - they're both federal holidays that honor our nation's armed forces. The most obvious distinction between these two federal holidays is when they come in the year. Memorial Day comes in the spring - the last Monday in May, to be exact, while Veterans Day falls in the fall - always on November 11th, regardless of what day of the week that happens to be.

Memorial Day hasn't always been the last Monday in May. It originated after the Civil War and was a day for decorating the graves and paying honor to the memory of those lost in war. May 30th was chosen because by that point in the year, flowers were blooming all over the United States. After World War I, it was expanded to include all American soldiers who died in battle or were wounded in combat and died from their injuries. Memorial Day became a national holiday in 1971.

Veterans Day, on the other hand, has always been on November 11th, the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I (November 11, 1918). It is a time to honor those men and women who served in the armed forces - a celebration of those people.

Both Memorial Day and Veterans Day are meant to HONOR our servicemen and women. But Memorial Day is a day to REMEMBER, while Veterans Day is a day to APPRECIATE.

For this reason, Memorial Day should be a much more somber day than Veterans Day.
Model Prezi Project for "Everything Changes" by Mrs. Belden
Honoring Memorial Day, Honoring the
Soldiers of our Country

1868 - May 5th
Decoration Day established; May 30th first large Decoration Day observance held at Arlington National Cemetery
1918 - World War I ends; Decoration Day expanded to include soldiers who died in ALL American wars
1971 - Memorial Day declared a national holiday & made the last Monday in May
2000 - National Moment of Remembrance declared for 3 P.M. on Memorial Day
Seriously? A flag in a hot dog? That's how you're honoring our dead soldiers? That's a little sick.
"Honoring the men and women who served in the controversial Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial chronologically lists the names of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in service to their country." -
The Wall that Heals
, National Park Service website
Aerial View
“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial.” Photo by Brian McMorrow.:

“Names of Vietnam War Veterans on the Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC” by Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike (cc by-sa) Hu Totya: http://www.shmoop.com/vietnam-war/photo-vietnam-memorial.html
https: //s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/10/59

“A message from a school-aged child to the family of Michael J. Farris, killed in action during the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War Memorial is always lined with flags, letters, photos, and other expressions of grief and gratitude to those who lost their lives in the war.”: http://thetimecrunchedtraveler.com/2012/01/20/the-weekly-worldview-vietnam-war-memorial/

National Memorial Day Parade 2015
Published on May 26, 2015
The 2015 National Memorial Day Parade on May 25th highlights the pride, sacrifice and service of America's veterans. The inspiring parade consists of marching bands, patriotic floats, veterans' units, troops, celebrities, and performances.Video produced by the American Veterans Center with credits to all involved at the end.Courtesy of DoD News
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