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Memorial Day to honor those who ‘served for us and our country’

“Memorial Day is important because people served for us and our country,

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“Memorial Day is important because people served for us and our country," seventh-grader, Chloe Schaeffer, said.

LeopardLife Nicole George, staff writer

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On May 28, those who have died fighting for their country will be honored for their service. This Memorial Day lands on the last Monday of May, and students will be able to admire the people who served for us and died.

Memorial Day was first recognized as a holiday after the Civil War, but was originally known as Decoration Day. It became an official federal holiday in 1971. This special day recognizes the men and women who died fighting for their country.

“Memorial Day is important because people served for us and our country, so we have to give back to them and have a day to recognize them,” seventh-grader, Chloe Schaeffer, said.

On Memorial Day there are many traditions. According to https://www.history.com, on Memorial Day people might visit veterans’ graves, host patriotic parades, and visit family. The holiday also unofficially marks the start of summer. One of the largest parades to celebrate this day is held in Washington, D.C.

“I usually go back home to Laredo and have a gathering with my family. Then we celebrate our ancestors who died during the war. After that, we go down to my mom’s grandpa and grandma’s grave and where my grandpa served in the military. After all this, we go back home and celebrate our time as a family,” seventh-grader, Annalysa Ritchie, said.

This holiday is different from Veterans Day, though they both hold a lot of meaning. Veterans Day is to commemorate all the people who volunteer to become apart of the military and are willing to serve their country. Memorial Day is honoring the ones who have died in service.

Memorial Day has a different meaning to each person, yet many still consider it a day to remember.

“Memorial Day is really important to me because I feel like it is a major day that everyone should remember. Innocent people took their lives for our country and that is vital. I don’t honor some specifically during the memorial day but I do honor everyone who served and died for me and our country,” seventh-grader, Savannah Staar, said.

Many kids all around the world have parents who have served in the military. People on this day might go to their graves and  remember the last time they were happy together. The soldiers who died were more than soldiers, they were mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, and sons. Each one of them made the choice to dedicate their lives to serving America. Many believe the sacrifice that those men and women made for our country should never be forgotten.

 

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