While Memorial Day can mark the unofficial start of summer in the United States sometimes, the significance and importance behind the holiday runs deep throughout our nation’s history.
The origins of Memorial Day are unknown, with first reports of women decorating soldiers’ graves to memorialize their passing during The Civil War. It became a federally recognized holiday in 1971, as a way to commemorate and honor fallen soldiers. We wanted to take today to thank the men and women in our lives that serve as well as pay our respects to any family, friends, and every other soldier who has passed while protecting our country.
“I had family fight in WWII and recognize the sacrifice and bravery that comes with serving in our armed forces, and I just wanted to take today to extend my sincere gratitude and respect to the heroes that have served. Take today and enjoy the time with your family, friends, and the people you love, because we owe our freedom and thanks to those who have passed protecting us.” – Peter Hollens
One thing that can be done to commemorate those who gave their lives, is to play music that speaks to your soul on such an impactful day! Music has been proven not only to lower depression levels, but can also help people provide a deeper connection to our communities and the world around us. Our team loves to listen to GENTRI’s albumTrinityfor their cover ofGod Bless the USA and their moving harmonies, as well as Home Free’sDive Bar Saints! Their collection of poignant tracks, fromTake Me Home, Country RoadstoGo Rest High On That Mountain,a sentimental song dedicated to those who have departed, are the perfect thing to put on as you raise an emotional toast to those who have served.
Thank you to the ones who have laid down their lives for our country and we honor those every day, and especially on this significant holiday. May your Memorial Day be filled with love, respect, and recognition for those who have come before us. While the holiday is serious, the day does not need to be somber; instead take today and celebrate the love and joy you have in your life, while paying respects to those who have made that sacrifice serving our country.