On the last weekend in May, many Americans celebrate Memorial Day as the begining of summer with picnics, bbqs, a trip to the beach or shopping memorial day sales. But to American Legion and its members, Memorial Day is more, much more.
Memorial Day is the most important day of the year for the American Legion.
It is a day we "Remember and Honor" those who wore the uniform of our country who gave their lives in the line of duty. We remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication, and to say THANK YOU for their sacrifices.
It is a day when we humbly acknowledge the immeasurable cost paid by those brave souls who selflessly laid down their lives, so that we may cherish the freedoms we hold dear.
Their sacrifice echoes through the annals of history, resonating in the hearts of grateful generations. They fought not for personal glory or gain, but for the ideals of liberty, justice, and the pursuit of a brighter future. They bore the weight of duty, shouldering the burden of protecting our nation's honor and paid the highest cost. For that, we are forever thankful, and we will never forget.
We observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials, and placing flags, insignia, and flowers on the graves of veterans. Some wear a red poppy in remembrance of those fallen in war.
We fly the American flag at half-staff until noon. At 3 pm we pause for a minute of silence for the "National Moment of Remembrance" to honor those who have died in service to the nation.