Memorial Day 2005
Memorial Day is not just for picnics and cookouts. It is a special day
where the people of the United States recognize and honor those who gave
their lives fighting for our freedom as they served in the military. Originally,
the holiday was known as Decoration Day.
Typically on this day, people
visit veterans' cemeteries, hold special ceremonies, and conduct services
to honor the fallen. For Memorial Day 2005, President George Bush also
declared it a day to pray for permanent peace. He urged officials both
nationwide and state wide to promote a moment of silent prayer for peace.
He asked that the prayers be conducted at 11:00 am on the day, and to observe
a National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 PM. Memorial Day 2005
marks the 34th anniversary of the official holiday. Richard Nixon declared
it a federal holiday in 1971.
While in many years past, the day was known to commemorate those who had
died in wars such as World Wars I and II, Vietnam, and others, Memorial
Day 2005 was significant in that many people were honoring those who passed
while fighting the war in Iraq. While many Americans consider Memorial
Day to be the first official week of summer, those who have suffered lost
loved ones may have a difficult time during the sacred day. Many soldiers
have past in the last few years because of the war in Iraq, so Memorial
Day 2005 was especially hard for parents and other family members who had
lost those they love. President Bush honored Memorial Day 2005 when he
appeared at Arlington National Cemetery, where he held a commencement speech
and services were held. The event was televised nationally. We must not
forget those who gave their lives so that we as Americans are able to be
free. Memorial Day is an important day which will serve as an important
reminder for many years to come.
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