On the last Monday of every May, we as Americans take the day off of work and gather with our families and friends. We go to community celebrations, we have cookouts and barbecue's, and we celebrate the approach of summer with parties, food and festivities.
It is our duty and responsibility, however, to remember what the true meaning of Memorial Day is all about. Originally called "Decoration Day", Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. Origins of this special day date all the way back to 1868, when it was officially proclaimed and first observed. In 1915, poet Moina Michael began the trend of wearing red poppies on Memorial Day when she wrote:
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
From all of us at Healing Heroes Network, we wish you a Happy Memorial Day!!