Memorial Day – A Day to Honor the Martyrs and Soldiers

It is sad but true that many people in the U.S consider the Memorial Day, as a day to relax and stay relieved from their day’s work. However, we should not forget the sacrifices made by our soldiers, as well as the pain and suffering of the American families whose sons, brothers, and husbands have been a part of it. We should maintain the true essence of this day and take some time to honor the soldiers who have fought for their lives to serve the nation. Every year, this day is held on last Monday in the month of May and this year it falls on May 27th.

It is true that the sacrifices made by these soldiers can never be forgotten and on this day, we get a chance to thank them. Many people celebrate the day by preparing delicious recipes or visit their near and dear ones. Additionally, people visit cemeteries and memorials of men and women who have sacrificed their lives when serving the military service in the United States. Moreover, a memorial parade is held in Washington D.C, the capital city of the United States to salute the brave hearts and their commitment for the nation’s prosperity. Those who are working on this day can spend some time with their family and visit the cemeteries of the soldiers.

On this day, the flag of the United States is hoisted half-mast until noon and many Americans place a flag on the graves and cemeteries. With the advancement of time, the essence of celebrating Memorial Day is getting lost and is hardly an occasion to remember the martyrs. Also known as, the ‘Decoration Day’ and was usually celebrated on May 30th irrespective of the day it used to be. However, it was from 1971 when Memorial Day started to be observed on the last Monday in May, thus creating three-day weekends for the U.S citizens.

Memorial Day is a national holiday and almost all the business and government organizations, schools and colleges are closed. However, there are individuals who work on this day too such as truckers, who do the important work of transporting goods from one place to another. Like the soldiers whose return is eagerly awaited similarly, the family of truck drivers also awaits his or her return with much anticipation. salutes them both for serving the nation with complete dedication and honesty.