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A Special Thanks to Those Who Fought for Our Country

Memorial Day. A day of remembrance. America commemorates those who died fighting for our country on this specific day each year. Although, everyday we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending their nation. And every day we honor those currently fighting for our country.

Approximately 620,000 people were killed in the Civil War, more than any other war in American history. After the Civil War, Americans in various cities began holding tributes to these countless fallen soldiers. 

South Carolina actually holds the origin of this day. Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May 1, 1865 in Charleston, South Carolina. 257 Union Soldiers were buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. These particular slaves dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. 

Cities across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.. All branches of the military will participate; the army, marines, air force, coast guard, and navy soldiers.

We know summer officially begins on June 21. But in the minds of Americans, summer actually begins on Memorial Day. Since Memorial Day is a federal holiday with a built-in three-day weekend, it is an extra day to spend quality time with friends and family members. For those of us with relatives who died while serving in the military, Memorial Day is sacred.

This is the time of year to quietly reflect on the men and women who made the sacrifice for our country. Those brave souls will always be honored and remembered as heroes. We thank those who fight to protect our nation every day. God bless America.

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