|The intense photographer capturing the essence of her scene|
Memorial Day has been commemorated since 1865 with the decorating of soldiers' graves. The holiday was moved to the last Monday in May in 1971 to ensure a three day weekend. In Utah, there seems to be tremendous confusion on who exactly Americans are to honor on this day, and typically the cemeteries are filled with descendants of those who have died but did not serve in the military. I've written to my senators and representative on this issue, but they have no easy answers about why the day has evolved this way in our state. In reality, the sacrifices of many have made it possible for us to express ourselves however we wish on this day, whether that be a Memorial Day tribute to fallen soldiers or placing flowers on a great grandmother's grave. Or yoga, shopping, house cleaning, picnics, yard work, camping, or any number of other activities.
I salute and honor those who have given all. May they rest in peace and their families be comforted with the knowledge that they have died with honor. The video below says it so perfectly.