On Memorial Day 2012

In the U.S., Memorial Day marks society’s start of summer. Interestingly, when I started school back in the day when we walked to school uphill both ways, Labor Day and Memorial Day served as bookends to the school year.

Initially known as Decoration Day, a day to honor the fallen Union soldiers from the Civil War, it eventually became a day to remember all American soldiers who died in any conflict.

I grew up in a small town during following World War II. With that war fresh in the minds of the adults, their memories were fresh and close to the heart. Many of these veterans are no longer with us, and those that remain are in their upper 80s and 90s. My dad served in Europe as an 18-year old whom left high school – and he passed away two years ago at 84.

From rural small towns to the urban neighborhoods, the impact on many aspects of daily life by America’s Greatest Generation is great. As we saw these soldiers as heroes who remained humble, our veterans serving in Vietnam never received the honor and respect they deserved. Perhaps that is the reason today’s troops are more appreciated.

The video is honors all serving in WW II, but this day is for all who died while serving in any conflict. Being that blogs are international in scope, I also know the Americans were not the only ones fighting. While Memorial Day is a U.S. holiday, may today also be a day to remember anyone who fought in any war any where.