To Some Americans, Memorial Day Has Lost Its Meaning

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Denny Craycraft, the organizer of the event, said they have raised funds to erect five pillars representing the Belding veterans who were lost and two of the Greenville men.

Throughout Memorial Day weekend many of your social media feeds will be filled with comments of people thanking veterans for their service, and while that's nice it's not the reason for this federal holiday.

Jim Segletes, 65, a Vietnam-era Marine visiting the grave of his father-in-law, a World War II veteran who died in 2000, said he thinks Americans became more patriotic and aware of military sacrifice after 9/11. It marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its unofficial end. At 12 years old, his father decided this would be the year to show him and his siblings why dad gets a three day holiday from his job at Mayport Naval Station.

This year's Memorial Day will be President Donald Trump's first since assuming the office. Even if you do not have family members who died in service, Memorial Day is a good time to reflect and pay your respects.

So this is a most important day, a serious day, a day for explaining to children what it means to preserve a country, how the sacrifices of those who are honored made their lives possible and made them better.

Over 300,000 fallen soldiers have been buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Millions of Americans visit cemeteries, decorate graves with flags and flowers, tell stories, attend worship services, and parades.

Or go to Memorial Park on the city's east side and stand before one of several monuments to military and civilian servants who gave their lives. But if you have a deceased vet in the family, who didn't die during war, don't feel guilty for celebrating them on Memorial Day anyway.

Thirty-one American flags were planted in honor of fallen and still-living service members.

"Whether we observe the occasion through public ceremony or through private prayer, Memorial Day leaves few hearts unmoved". "We can never replace them".

"Memorial Day is about the deceased veterans", he added. "But with Afghanistan, Iraq and the war in the Middle East, the American people have once again been thrust into a position of remembering those who are fighting and dying today".