Remember the reason

Published 12:35 pm Saturday, May 23, 2015

For many, Memorial Day marks the first day of summer. We all anxiously await the smell of barbecue filling the air and the sight of pools opening for the first time this year, and we celebrate the freedom of a rare three-day weekend.

But sadly, the aforementioned joys make us all forget that if it weren’t for those who lost their lives fighting for this country, we wouldn’t have such freedoms.

Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, originated following the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the fight. Annually observed on the last Monday of May, the holiday has since been extended to honor all Americans who died in active military service.

While we should enjoy these freedoms, we at The Tidewater News encourage you to take time away from the beautiful weather, delicious food, as well as family and friends to give thanks to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Plant a flag at the grave of a fallen soldier, donate to a charity that supports the military or simply take part in the National Moment of Remembrance on Monday afternoon.

We sincerely thank those who serve or have served our country, especially those who lost their lives fighting for and protecting her. We hope that you set aside time this weekend to remember the real reason for the holiday weekend.