Memorial Day is more than just a day off from work or school, an excellent occasion for a backyard barbecue or a chance to travel. Sure, all of those celebratory staples speak to the holiday’s true spirit. But above all else, Memorial Day honors Americans who have died in service to their country. This holiday is not one of somber reflection, however. We instead choose to celebrate by enjoying the many freedoms that American servicemen and women have perished protecting.
Here are some facts about Memorial Day to help you better understand what it is you are actually celebrating!