At the National Veterans Foundation, Memorial Day means that our Lifeline for Vets will see a surge of calls. Because for many vets, it’s a day that dredges up memories of war and stirs up PTSD symptoms.
Please help us keep our Lifeline for Vets phone lines open to serve those in need. Your donation can be made in the name of a loved one who served.
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“For love of country, they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts and made immortal their patriotism and virtuism. ”
— James A. Garfield
Memorial Day is So Much More than a Long Weekend
On Memorial Day mourners from all over the country will visit our national cemeteries, decorate the graves of fallen soldiers, and actively remember our honorable dead.
Memorial Day may mean an extra day off for many people. But it also means something much more profound than a long weekend.
It is a time to give ourselves over to gratitude and reflection. Almost two decades ago, Congress decreed that 3 pm local time on Memorial Day would become our official "National Moment of Remembrance," when every American is asked to pause for a moment to reflect on the true meaning behind Memorial Day.
Before we ask what this true meaning is, let's have a look at how Memorial Day came about.
The memories and the grieving reach far and wide.
Because loss doesn’t occur in a vacuum. It’s like a stone thrown into a pool…the ripples widen out and repeat. Most likely anyone who reads this carries a part of that loss.