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Memorial Day

A day dedicated to the lost, the missing, and those who made it back to tell their stories

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Taken at Fairhaven Memorial Park Mortuary during Memorial Day service.

Taken at Fairhaven Memorial Park Mortuary during Memorial Day service.

Taken at Fairhaven Memorial Park Mortuary during Memorial Day service.

Taken at Fairhaven Memorial Park Mortuary during Memorial Day service.

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Ilaise Tamotuu

Staff Writer

  Thousands and thousands of lives were lost in the fight for liberty starting from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Younger generations are grateful for Memorial Day for the wrong reasons. What many young people do not realize is that the reason for a three day weekend has nothing to do with getting a break, but commemorating the lives lost in pursuit of the liberties that we enjoy every day.

  Memorial Day was officially declared in 1971 but had been known beforehand as Decoration Day. It was made to be on the last Monday of May so that federal employees could have a three day weekend. But those in war do not get to rest and those that paid the ultimate price with their lives are forever resting in eternal peace.

  Although solemn in subject, it is our duty to them not to forget what their sacrifices were. Memorial Day should not be a meager day for the rest of society to relax but should be spent with the mindset and sense of patriotism that dwells on the thought of those who guarded and are guarding life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

  Memorial Day also shouldn’t be a one day holiday but should be represented throughout our daily lives, showing gratitude to those who made it back to tell the amazing and horrific encounters of war. Letting a veteran pass up in line, helping carry groceries, and even a thank you for your service is a sure way to carry the message of gratitude and gratefulness.

  Memorials and services commemorating the lives of those who fought for our country take place throughout the country and attending them is a sure way to remember and educate younger generations of the true reason why we have a day off from school. Keeping the memory of everyone who has served America is the least we, as a nation, can do to show our gratitude for the sacrifices many made.

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