To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning

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Honor, reverence and remembrance.

On Friday, the group also made flags available outside Evangeline Funeral Home for those wanting to celebrate Memorial Day personally. Hard as it may be for some to grasp, those concepts are far more important than picnics or "blow out sales" on furniture, mattresses or automobiles. Memorial Day comes with a price. That's it, pure and simple.

Walker will attend a number of events Monday, including a veterans service at a nursing home and an afternoon ceremony at the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery. He said he encourages those who want to say supportive words to a veteran to recognize "that the person may have friends who died in combat".

Yes, this national holiday does signal the coming of summer.

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Several towns claim to be the originators of Memorial Day, but in 1966 Congress declared Waterloo, New York, to be the birthplace of the holiday. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been observed the last Monday of May. The cause is an easy one around which to rally, and an abundance of graveside ceremonies and other events today throughout the Northland - including the annual Memorial Day parade in West Duluth - offer the opportunity to put action behind our support. In May 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans established Decoration Day, an official to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers.

That began a somber tradition that has been expanded and remains today.

Throughout Memorial Day weekend many of your social media feeds will be filled with comments of people thanking veterans for their service, and while that's nice it's not the reason for this federal holiday. It's not the same as Veterans Day, which honors the service of people who have worn the uniform. It is a touching sight and a sobering tribute, indeed. And not knowing anyone who died in action doesn't mean any of us shouldn't mourn and honor those who gave their lives.

Pleasure, comfort and convenience have replaced honor, reverence and remembrance. They died protecting and preserving the freedoms that we enjoy each and every day. Even those who have not been directly touched by the toll of war acknowledge and remain thankful for those who have sacrificed for this country. "They understand and we all got that bond, you got my back and I'll watch yours".