May 27, 2013 is a national holiday known as Memorial Day that marks the beginning of the summer season.
Once called "Decoration Day," this day in the U.S. was set aside in the 1800s to remember and honor soldiers who died giving service to their country during the Civil War.
Today the most popular Memorial Day activities are attending a cookout or barbecue, shopping, swimming, hiking, and just being with family. But what about the service of the brave men and women who have deployed and never returned to their families?
These, too, are the individuals whom this day is also set aside for. They fought and died for freedom.
Today, we have more than 1 million people on active duty in the armed forces and an additional 850,000 people in the seven reserve components.
Just at WTVM, we have staff members with sons, daughters and relatives currently serving in Afghanistan and other places.
I am certain they are proud of their loved one's dedication and pray they come home safely for a day of celebration and not a solemn one like some families face today.
As you prepare to spend time with your loved ones, please remember congress has established a national moment of remembrance, which asks Americans to pause for one minute at 3 p.m. in an act of national unity.
So put down the beer and soda for 60 seconds and talk with your family about what Memorial Day should mean to us all.
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