It's easy to forget what Memorial Day actually means while we go to parades, enjoy picnics with family and friends and look to this day with great anticipation as the unofficial start of summer. But there is so much more…and we should never forget to honor those men and women who died in the military and those who were severely wounded in combat.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was first observed on May 30,1868 to honor the soldiers of the Civil War.  It wasn’t until after World War II that Decoration Day was officially named Memorial Day in1967.

As we enjoy our family and friends on this upcoming Memorial Day lets us give thanks and our gratitude for the sacrifice of our fallen soldiers.

Singer, Lee Greenwood said it well. “And, I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free and I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.”

Freedom is a precious gift given by thousands of men and women who ensured our freedoms with their lives…I am forever grateful.

With love and gratitude,

Margaret Ann Lembo

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