Memorial Day… More Than Just a Vacation From School

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By: Alima Mootoo

Memorial Day is a national holiday designated to memorialize and honor the lives our country has lost at war. On the first “Decoration Day,” Memorial Day’s first given name, in 1868, General James Garfield spoke at Arlington National Cemetery. 5,000 people came together to decorate the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. Today, almost every state observes the holiday on the last Monday in May.

Many events took place for this year’s Memorial Day. On Sunday, May 29, there was a cookout on the corner of Surfside Drive and Yaupon Drive from 4pm to 8pm, there was a Veterans March held at 9AM Monday morning on Ocean Boulevard, travelling from 16th Avenue North to 9th Avenue North. After the short ceremony that concluded the march, everyone went back to the Convention Center at 11AM for the Memorial Day Ceremony.

It is important for us all to come together on this day in order to pay our respects to those who gave up their life trying to defend the country we live in. Conway High School has had many former students lose their life in war, and it is important that we remember these sacrifices.  It is extremely important for all of us to remember that Memorial Day isn’t about cookouts and vacations from school it is about soldiers who gave it all.  

 

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