Even though summer has not officially arrived, Memorial Day is considered the unofficial kick off to the season. As well as looking forward to a three-day reprieve from work, swimming pools will be uncovered, grills will be fired up, families will gather for parties and barbecues, students will begin counting the days left for school and we all begin to plan our family summer vacations.
But what is the true meaning behind Memorial Day? Sadly, a Gallup poll indicated that only 28 percent of Americans realize the true meaning of the national holiday. First observed on 30 May 1868, Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for the hundreds of thousands of American service men and women who fought and sacrificed their lives to not only defend our great nation, but to ensure our freedom is never again placed in jeopardy.
Before partaking in some holiday fun, keep the true meaning and appreciation of this holiday alive by taking the family to a Memorial parade or visit a veteran's cemetery and memorial in your town.
While honoring the fallen soldiers of the past, I've listed ay. Not only will these tips help clear out the “clutter” of your home, but by donating them to proper organizations, you can ensure you’re helping those serving overseas as well as yourself.
- Put your pile of paperback books to good use by donating them to Operation Paperback which provides books to American Troops deployed oversees.
- Give new life to your old unused cell phones by donating them to Cell Phone for Soldiers. Proceeds of your recycled phone provide calling cards for U.S. Soldiers abroad to call their families.
- Give 2 The Troops, located in CT, accepts new and gently used items to create care packages for our troops located oversees.
Although we will never personally know the many soldiers who have sacrificed their lives not only for us, but for our families and our future, we should never take their act of heroism for granted.
So while enjoying your Memorial Day, please take a moment to thank and remember those who sacrificed their lives for our great nation, home of the free.
On this Memorial Day, the Organizing Genie would like to express my gratitude to all our brave men and women who have served our country in the past and I wish to present a heartfelt Thank You.