Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day Weekend. 

Early Saturday morning as we sat on the sofa enjoying our coffee and the fact that we didn’t have anything scheduled on the calendar, my husband came across a video from one of the popular news channels.  In this video the reporter went to the streets to ask several questions:

Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?

Who fought in the Revolutionary War?

Who won the Civil War?

What was the Civil War about?

Who did we fight in World War I?

Why did we fight the Cold War?

Who did we fight in the Vietnam War? 


I understand that the news reporter was trying to be funny and make a point, but I was shocked at how many people could not answer ANY of the questions. Almost everyone of them had the excuse, “I’m not very good at history.”

I gave up watching the news in January a few years back; figuring if it’s something important that affects me and my everyday life that my sweet and informed husband will let me know.   He, on the other hand, reads the news on his tablet faithfully.  (History was his favorite subject in school!)

Although I have never considered myself very good at history or at least my high school history test scores said I wasn’t. Even I could have gotten an ‘A’ on this test. How has our country gotten so far away from her own history?

Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.


Men and women gave their lives for our freedom. Mothers and fathers lost their children, their sons and daughters, to keep us and others free. Brothers, sisters and friends never came back home so that we can live in peace. 

As we sat on the sofa Saturday morning and watched the video in disbelief for the second time, my take away was: We have a responsibility to teach our children and grandchildren about our great country.  

How did you do on the quiz?  
What about your children and grandchildren?   Ask them. Teach them.
Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. 
Let’s not be part of the masses who do not know the truth.

This is the link to the video:


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