While is still celebrated in our country by many people, its original intent seems to have been somewhat forgotten. Memorial Day today appears to have become a celebration of the beginning of summer rather than a day to remember and honor the many men and women who have dedicated and given the lives for the sake of our freedom.
The actual origins of Memorial Day are somewhat unclear. Many different cities/towns claim to have started the holiday, so it is hard to determine when/where/how it started. The one thing that is clear is the intent of the holiday. It was created to remember those that gave their life for our country. The men and women who made that sacrifice have earned the right to have a special day set aside for them to be honored and appreciated.
So as you're at any cookouts or the beach, or doing whatever you do on Memorial Day, take the time to remember the men and women who have sacrificed so much for all of us. It's the least we can do to honor those who are providing us with all the freedoms that we enjoy, and many times, take for granted.