To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning

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Many of you are likely enjoying a day at the beach or relaxing during this national holiday off. "We do know they left us too early, but can any of us who are living say we accomplished more than in our fuller life spans than those who we honor today?"

Our military remains the strongest and most capable the world has ever seen.

This website has never big on American interventionism overseas - certainly not in its current form - but that doesn't mean we don't believe in honoring those who have fallen under the flag of our homeland.

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"We have Buffalo Soldiers and Rough Riders, Confederate and Union soldiers, veterans of Apache wars, Indian wars, Mexican war", said Sterling Foster, a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran who serves as a volunteer for the nonprofit that maintains the park. Various other conflicts have tested our national resolve and extracted a heavy price. It is inconceivable to imagine the sacrifice that hundreds of thousands of families have made because loved ones were called upon to serve their country.

When the flag is at half-staff, the position is in remembrance of the more than one million men and women who gave their lives for their country. We give thanks to those who gave more of themselves than anyone can possibly imagine so that our nation's freedoms are preserved for generations.

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The meaning of patriotism often is questioned these days. The graves of those who died in service to our country were decorated with flowers, wreaths and flags.

The tradition of honoring fallen soldiers is an ancient one, and it came to be commonplace in the United States in the wake of the Civil War.

December 28, 2000 - President Bill Clinton signs the "National Moment of Remembrance Act", which designates 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day each year as the National Moment of Remembrance. Over time, Decoration Day became commonly known as Memorial Day, and it was officially established as such in 1967. He was one of three sons she lost to the war.

There is some truth in this. Although both are federal holidays, most people work on Veterans Day, while Memorial Day is the unofficial first day of summer, marked by parades, picnics and the Indy 500.

Memorial Day was originally about remembering those that died fighting in the Civil War.