A memorial is for remembering, but sometimes we forget to remember, or we forget what to remember, or we forget why to remember. Sometimes the memorial becomes more of a token that we just nod to without really thinking about what it means or why we have it.
Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) was made at first to honor and remember the dead from the Civil War. It was a day set aside to decorate the graves of those who had died fighting for what they believed in. After World War I it became about honoring any U.S. soldier who had died in service to their country.
Over time we can forget to remember. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating our freedom and grilling in the backyard, but while we do that let’s not forget why we are able to celebrate. Have a happy Memorial Day!