– Memorial Day means many different things to many different people. For some, it means the kick-off of the summer travel season, for others, a reason to get together for a back yard barbeque, but for many veterans it means something entirely different- a reason to reflect on the true meaning behind the holiday.

The Memorial Day weekend is often regarded as a way to welcome in the summer season with the first family road trip or get together and is generally one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

Originally though, the holiday was enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the Civil War and was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.

For many veterans, the holiday is a time that is set aside to not only remember fellow soldiers who did not make it home, but also to honor those soldiers whom they’ve never known, but who also gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

For Vietnam Veteran Harold Kelly, the Memorial Day weekend is one spent with much contemplation and one in which he planned to spend thinking about those who lost their lives in battle.

On Friday, Kelly visited the gravesites of fellow soldiers at Florence National Cemetery, pausing momentarily by several to think about the contributions they’ve made to keep the country, free.

“It’s a day that we come and remember those who’ve served and those who’ve given the ultimate for our freedom,” Kelly said about the meaning of the holiday.

He said he was increasingly concerned that the true meaning of the holiday has become lost as more and more families simply see the extended weekend as a chance to get away.

“I don’t think there’s enough emphasis on what the true meaning of what Memorial Day is…we watch the John Wayne movies and everything heroic but we forget the true people and the human beings who sacrificed everything they had so we could be free,” Kelly said.

“Too many people think it’s a three-day holiday and a barbeque and they really don’t realize, or they really don’t care how we got our freedom in this country.”

Kelly said that he hoped as people took time to gather with friends and family members over the weekend, that they would take some time to look beyond the red, white and blue party decorations and realize the sacrifices that have made those colors what they are today.

The public is invited to attend and participate in Florence’s annual Memorial Day service, to be held at theFlorence National Cemetery, located at 803 East National Cemetery Road.

During the 10 a.m. ceremony on Memorial DaySenator Hugh Leatherman (R- Florence) will address those in attendance, speaking on the importance of service and country.

“During this annual service where hundreds of neighbors gather to thanks and celebrate the lives of the many brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our great country, it is only appropriate we continually remember and value the many sacrifices which have been made to preserve the many freedoms we enjoy today,” said Senator Leatherman in a release.

The annual service is organized and led by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), in conjunction with the help ofUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs and many local families.

From today until Memorial Day, we are offering to put $25 back into your pocket. Spend a minimum of $100 $99 on our site in any single invoice and use coupon code MEMORIAL25 on check out and your invoice will be reduced by $25 American Dollars.

Use other coupon codes if your order does not total to $100.

A portion of this weekend’s proceeds will be donated to our local VFW in Maryland.


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