SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It seems the summer season is upon us once again. Most consider the Memorial Day holiday the unofficial start of the season, though the current heat and humidity we're experiencing also have a considerable say in the matter.
Memorial Day is more than just an excuse to head to the beach or grill out in the backyard. While it has only been an official national holiday since 1971, its origins trace back to the pre-Civil War days. Back then, rural families felt a need to honor their ancestors by cleaning up cemeteries and decorating graves. After the Civil War, the practice became a way to pay tribute to those who died in that war, and after 1920, the honor was extended to those who died in World War. 1.
Beyond those facts, the history becomes a little fuzzy on how we ended up with the last Monday in May becoming the official day of remembrance, but those facts, in fact, don't really matter.
What does matter is that on Memorial Day, we celebrate all that is America to include our freedoms given to us by those who gave their lives in defense of our country and ideologies?
Consider This: On this day and every other, never take for granted the abilities and rights we all have - given to us by the brave men and women who put on a uniform daily. Never forget to honor those who gave their lives in service - all to make America the land of the free and the home of the brave, because one day a year just isn't enough to pay tribute to their sacrifice.