Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is America's special day to remember and honor soldiers who lost their lives in battle. New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday in 1873. By 1890, all of the northern states recognized Memorial Day.
Memorial Day began as a solemn day of remembrance. The message of the holiday seems to get lost nowadays in the middle of barbecues, beach parties and midnight madness sales.
So take a moment on Monday to remember those who sacrificed their lives so you and I can live in a free republic.