In light of the significance of Memorial Day, we need to ask ourselves whether or not wishing others a "Happy Memorial Day" is appropriate for this solemn occasion.

While many think of Memorial Day as the unofficial kick off to summer, the day is not meant to be one of celebration or to extend well wishes to all living veterans. Memorial Day is meant to be a day of reverence and remembrance dedicated to honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.

While it is customary to take part in Memorial Day activities like gatherings and cookouts, it is important to remember the somber significance of this day. Before offering a casual "Happy Memorial Day," we must first pause to acknowledge the sacrificial contributions of our fallen heroes.

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While it's fitting and acceptable to celebrate the freedoms secured through our fallen and to enjoy the companionship of friends and family during this time, we must approach these celebrations with a sense of solemnity and appreciation for the sacrifices that have enabled our way of life.

When conveying our good wishes, it is important also to remain sensitive to the feelings of those who have personally experienced the loss of a loved one in military service. Our intentions should always be to honor and respect the sacrifices made on our behalf.

This Memorial Day, be sure to celebrate the blessings of freedom, cherish the precious moments spent with loved ones, and pay tribute to the memory of those who have selflessly given their lives for our country. It is a time for both celebration and remembrance, a balance that embodies the true spirit of Memorial Day.

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LOOK: What 25 Historic Battlefields Look Like Today

The following is an examination of what became of the sites where America waged its most important and often most brutal campaigns of war. Using a variety of sources, Stacker selected 25 historically significant battlefields in American history. For each one, Stacker investigated what happened there when the battles raged as well as what became of those hallowed grounds when the fighting stopped.

These are the battlefields that defined the United States military’s journey from upstart Colonial rebels to an invincible global war machine.

Gallery Credit: Andrew Lisa

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