For many, Memorial Day weekend has become an opportunity to take advantage of a long weekend. To catch up on chores around the house; to picnic with family and friends; to take a short vacation from the everyday grind.
While that's understandable, it's also important to remember the roots of the 'holiday,' which wind all the way back to the Civil war when it was first celebrated to honor Union soldiers who died. After World War II, Decoration Day was changed to Memorial Day to remember and honor all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice serving in the U.S. military. From the American Revolution through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and every conflict in between, some 1.3 million Americans have lost their lives in service of our country. We are reminded that the cost of freedom carries a high price tag indeed.
While it's great to have an extra day off of work, we should never forget the solemn reminder that Memorial Day brings and take time to honor that message. It's easy to do in the Tri-City area, where events are planned in Almont, Capac, Dryden and Imlay City. We urge residents to take a few minutes and turn out for the parades and ceremonies that pay tribute to those who've sacrificed it all so that we may continue to enjoy the freedoms and unparalleled benefits of life in the U.S.A.