Many people recognize Memorial Day weekend as the beginning
of summer, as the beaches are filled up with lawn chairs, coolers, and a
constant mist of sunscreen. But as everyone celebrates the end of the school
year and the start of summer, we should also remember the true meaning of
Memorial Day – which is often forgotten and sometimes not even known.
Memorial Day is the day that Americans remember all the
soldiers who died while fighting for our freedom. Originally, this day was
specifically for remembering the soldiers who died in the Civil War, but it
eventually expanded to all soldiers who died as time went on. In 1967, it
became a federal holiday and is currently observed on the last Monday of May.
Although technically Memorial Day is honoring the fallen and
Veteran’s Day is for honoring the service of our current military, the
sacrifice, dedication, and heroism that lies within the heart of each soldier
is the same. So … when you see a service member or someone who has served this
Memorial Day, thank them for their service and the opportunities that they have
given you. In fact, it would be nice if you thanked service members every time
you see them. The thank you is well deserved and the least we can do. To all
the family members who lost loved ones in battle, Liberty Tax thanks and remembers
you this holiday weekend.
To the fallen who protected our freedoms and to our military
members who still do, Liberty Tax salutes you!