Memorial Day

Memorial Day, previously Decoration Day, is the federal holiday in the US specifically set aside to remember who died while serving in the Armed Forces. This day should not be confused with Veterans Day which honors all whom have served in defense of our nation. The practice of decorating Soldiers’ graves with flowers and other memorabilia is an ancient custom. If you have ever visited the resting place of Soldiers, you may have noticed coins at a gravesite…a penny simply means you visited, a nickel means the visitor trained with the Fallen, a dime shows you served together and a quarter, the biggest coin, means you were with the Soldier when he or she fell.

Remembering our Fallen is a somber occasion, although most of us do this all throughout the year. Remembering the Fallen is an important occasion as we need to reflect on the sacrifices of so many sons, daughters, fathers, mother, brothers, sisters, friends who raised their hands and said, “Send me,” never to return to their loved ones. Remembering the Fallen is a necessary occasion to mark a day, just one day, to stop in the middle of life and think of these sacrifices on behalf of our nation.

Enjoy the long weekend, have a cookout, tell stories about theses heroes and laugh at their antics, just remember. Many of us, touched by the lives of the Fallen, mark this day in different ways but whether it’s flowers, coins, toasts, tears or laughter, we stop on this day and REMEMBER. High Octane will close on Memorial Day, 28 May, because as Veterans and military families, we will pause and remember.