What Does Memorial Day Mean to You?

May 26th, 2017 by

After the American Civil War, Union soldiers set apart a day to honor the fallen. After World War I, the memorial service was extended to include all men and women who died in active duty or during war. At that time, it was known as Decoration Day. After World War II, it was coined Memorial Day.

For decades, Memorial Day has been on the last Monday of May. Government organizations, businesses, schools and more are closed or operate on shorter holiday hours. Flags are flown at half-staff. Many Armed Forces personnel wear their dress uniforms. It’s all in tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives so we could live in the “Land of the Free”.

What Does Memorial Day Mean to You?

For many, Memorial Day has lost its meaning. As summer approaches, Memorial Day Long Weekend is simply a long weekend to enjoy the start of the summer season. A family barbecue, a fishing trip, or a relaxing weekend watching television is often the norm.

If you have family or friends who have served in the Armed Forces, especially if they have died while serving their country, you likely do more. It’s a day of reflection, of giving back to those who gave you so much, and paying tribute to American heroes through the ages.

What Will You Do This Memorial Day?

There are plenty of things you can do this Memorial Day to honor those who died in service to their country. You can take a veteran along on your fishing trip and hear about their harrowing battle stories. Invite the widowed mother of three to your family barbecue. You could place flowers at a veterans’ cemetery or attend a Memorial Day service.


Jay Wolfe Toyota of West County would like to honor our Armed Forces by offering a military rebate on all new Toyota purchases. Call us or stop in for a visit to find out how to qualify. Once again, we wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all our military personnel for all that you do.

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