Memorial Day is a day for all of us to take time to reflect on the lives of those who have lived and are now gone. It is a time to remember those who have touched our lives. In their own way, they have helped to shape the world we live in.
Originally started after the Civil War, Memorial Day was a way to commemorate the lives and sacrifices of those who died on both sides in the Civil War. It has since extended to commemorate all Americans who have died while in military service, regardless of which war they fought in.
Today, Memorial Day continues to be a time to remember the sacrifices of those who have defended our freedoms. But it grown to include the sharing of memories of all of our loved ones. We go to the cemeteries to clean up gravesites and place flowers on headstones. Even more importantly, it provides us a special time to remember the lives of family members who have gone before us. We share stories of their lives with the younger generations so that the memories of their lives will not be forgotten. Memorial Day is a day of remembering.
Below are links to several Memorial Day stories that people have submitted to the memories page on FamilySearch.org. I think you will enjoy reading them. Some will make you smile; others may cause you to pause for a minute and say a silent “Thank You” to someone who gave something to make the world we live in a little bit better.
If you have any special stories or memories of Memorial Day celebrations past, or of a special person who has died, please take a moment to visit FamilySearch.org and add your memory. It’s a great way to commemorate the life of someone who has given something that has touched your life and in some small way, changed the world.