In between the BBQ and spending time with family and friends, it's important we remember.
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From Blackfive - Memorial Day How to Honor the Real Heroes:
When Taps is played at dusk, it has a completely different meaning than when Taps is played during the day. No soldier really wants to hear it played during daylight. For when the bugle plays Taps in the daylight...that means a soldier has fallen...There is a belief among some that Taps is the clarion call to open the gates of heaven for the fallen warrior and letting them know to "Safely Rest"...
Of course, Memorial Day is about remembering the sacrifices that our military men and women have made over the last 229 years. We are still a young nation, but one that has made many sacrifices to remain free. We should also take time to remember the families who have lost loved ones.
From the SECNAV's Memorial Day message to the Fleetfrom news.navy.mil
Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of rememberance for those who have died in our nation's service. It was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on Union and Confederate Soldiers graves in Arlington National Cemetery. Ever since, Americans have set aside a day in May to observe Memorial Day and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation. read more
From the MCPON's Memorial Day message to the Fleetfrom news.navy.mil
On May 28, we -- as a nation -- will pause to remember a group of Americans to whom we owe every freedom we enjoy.
The strength of our nation has been built on the sacrifices made by the men and women who lost their lives protecting it. This weekend you'll have the opportunity to remember those who gave their lives in the name of freedom. How you choose to spend this time is a personal choice only you can make.
It is my hope that at some point over the next few days you'll take a moment to consider those sacrifices and what they've meant to this country. read more
It's important we remember.