Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning

"That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain" - President Abraham Lincoln. That image will forever become what he associates with Memorial Day.

"A lot of people look at this as the beginning of summer, a time to barbecue and relax", Ellis said after the ceremony. On Memorial Day, we remember more than 2.1 million of our brothers and sisters who died bravely in USA wars and conflicts the past 241 years. This is the tradition that is important to remember, as many folks here are doing today.

"A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle".

On the first observance of Decoration Day, Gen. James Garfield spoke at Arlington National Cemetery.

The never-ending winter and the never-arriving spring suddenly have given way to summer-like sunshine and warm temperatures, which arrived just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend.

Today, small towns and big cities nationwide spend Memorial Day paying tribute to the courageous men and women who died to preserve our freedom.

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In this May 27, 2017 photo, Vietnam-era Marine veteran Jim Segletes of Easton, Pa., places flowers on the grave of his father-in-law, a World War II veteran who died in 2000, at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pa.

Several towns claim to be the originators of Memorial Day, but in 1966 Congress declared Waterloo, New York, to be the birthplace of the holiday.

But more importantly, let us not forget those who fought valiantly and laid down their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today.

Come honor America's fallen soldiers this Memorial Day by joining local residents, visitors and veterans at this year's Memorial Day parade, on Monday, May 29, in Charlevoix. Instead, veterans say, the holiday should be moved to a specific date in an effort to return to a solemn day of remembrance. This day was created to specifically honor those who died defending our freedom, our unity and our democracy.

Inspired by the poem, Moina Michael was said to have conceived the idea of wearing red poppies to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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