memorial day: a time to honor and remember

By Jenny Eve

Check-6 is a company comprised of battle-tested veterans. Memorial Day is a poignant moment for us to stop and remember our brothers in arms who died in battle, or as a result of wounds suffered in conflict.

While it is a time to mark the beginning of summer, barbecues and picnics, it is also a time to honor the fallen and their families. May they feel the respect and love of a grateful country.

History of Memorial Day

It all started just after the end of the Civil War, when families would decorate the graves of those soldiers who gave their lives in battle. For years it was known as Decoration Day. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars, including World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

On Memorial Day, you may see some wearing red poppies on their lapels, to remember those lost in battle. The tradition began with a World War I poem called "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae.

In Flanders Fields

 
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
 
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.
 
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.

 

May we always honor and remember the fallen, and their families for their sacrifice. We hope they feel the love and gratitude from a grateful nation.