What is Memorial Day All About?

Memorial Day is a day set apart …

Photo - What is Memorial Day All About? Arlington National Cemetery - Nest Half Full… when we in the United States of America remember the military men and women who have died while serving their country in a time of conflict.

“Today I am pleased to sign S. 3181, the “National Moment of Remembrance Act,” which designates 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day each year as the National Moment of Remembrance, in honor of the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.”
President Bill Clinton – December 28, 2000

The idea of a unified day of remembrance for fallen warriors started just after the Civil War ended.  From 1861 to 1865 (some say 1866), family members and friends fought against each other in the bloodiest war in all of American history.

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Days of Remembrance Around the World

While researching my article “What is Memorial Day All About“, I started wondering about other countries’ days of remembrance around the world.
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Days of Remembrance Around the World by NestHalfFull.com. History Photo by Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos dot net
Here are just a few days of remembrance I found …

Australia, New Zealand and some South Pacific Islands …
Anzac DayAnzac Day.   April 25.  The anniversary of of the first major military action fought by these two countries during WWI.

Armenia …
Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.  April 24.  A national holiday for Armenians around the world to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

Belgium, France, New Zealand, Serbia and many other countries …
Armistice Day. November 11.  Celebrating the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities on the Western Front of WWI.
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Memorial Day – Remember to Say “Thank you”

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Salute – Thank you – NestHalfFull.com

We’ve set today aside to remember all the women and men who have died over the centuries protecting their family, friends and country, We remember and honor you. It’s also a great day to say thank you to all of our veterans who live daily with the responsibility and memories of protecting what is dear.

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Thank you – The Tomb – Honoring all who have died in service – NestHalfFull.com

We have four sons who have served, or are serving, in the military. Continue reading “Memorial Day – Remember to Say “Thank you””