It’s hard to believe this weekend will already be Memorial Day weekend. For some people, an extra day off means barbeques, beers, and sunbathing. But, for many, this will be a long weekend of mourning and commemorating the loved ones that have paid the ultimate price of freedom.

Memorial Day: Meaning and More

Memorial Day is often confused with Veteran’s Day. While both honor those who have served our country, Memorial Day honors those we have lost during their service. Since the foundation of our country in 1776, more than forty-two million Americans have gone to war. Of that, more than a million have sacrificed their lives in the defense of our liberty. The most American casualties were seen during the Civil War, while the Persian Gulf War was the least costly. World War II was the first war that produced more deaths due to actual combat rather than other causes, such as accidents, disease, and infection.

While this day of remembrance was sealed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966, the “National Moment of Remembrance” was established not too long ago in December 2000. Every year at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, all Americans are asked to pause whatever are they are doing for one minute and reflect on the millions of lives sacrificed for our freedom, the very freedom which allows us to continue doing whatever it is we might be currently doing.

How Will You Remember?

While every individual and family has their own way of commemorating Memorial Day, there are also many active ways to stay fully engaged in the day’s meaning. Just steps away from our office, Royal Oak will be kicking off its Memorial Day Parade at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29 near Main Street and Harrison. Whether you get there a bit too early or want to stay a little later, The Royal Oak Historical Society will be cooking up its 20th Annual Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. until noon at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market.

For our friends in farther places, there are several other city parades, ceremonies, and Memorial Day events taking place at the same time across Michigan.

From Our Family to Yours

Regardless of how or who you are celebrating, we wish a very safe and very peaceful weekend to all.

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