This year Memorial Day falls on May 30. On this day we remember and honor those Americans who died while serving in the armed forces.
Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971. Perhaps late May was chosen because it is in the springtime that we can go out to the cemeteries and lay flowers and wreaths on the graves of these heroes. A moment of silence is to be observed at 3:00 p.m. so we can think about and pray for the men and women who died serving and defending the United States.
Memorial Day gives us an opportunity to learn about American history, which I believe is important because it unifies and gives us a common identity regardless of where we or our ancestors came from. Knowledge of U.S. history helps us understand what it means to be an American. With that power, we can become confident and create a positive future for ourselves and the country.
And I can’t think of a better way to spend the last Monday in May!
Kathleen Maloney, Westlake, Ohio