Nowadays, most of us equate Memorial Day with a long weekend full of barbecues and celebrations. The unofficial start of summer, it’s a holiday to be spent with the people we love, indulging in the small pleasures that all Americans enjoy.
But we recognize that those blessings have come at a cost: Memorial Day has its roots in a solemn and touching demonstration of remembrance. Since war widows first began placing flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers in the 1860s, Americans have taken pause to show their respect to those who fought for our freedoms.
It’s been more than 150 years since the tradition began, and countless brave men and women have continued to protect the founding principles of America on behalf of all of us. In this part of the world, everyone knows someone who has been touched by those sacrifices. At Weichert, Realtors® – Carter & Company, we are proud honor those we have lost, at home and on battlefields around the world.
As we reflect on the lives, personalities, antics and passions of the soldiers whose lives were cut short, it is important that we also take time to appreciate the loved ones we still have with us.
This Memorial Day, spend time with your family and friends.
The whole family can participate in the more reflective activities of the day, as well. Connect with a veteran, and listen to the story he or she has to tell –their experiences can offer poignant insights into human nature. Visit the grave of a loved one and remember how he or she lived. Bow your head in a moment of silence.
We have so much to be grateful for!