Memorial Day is one of the most important holidays in the US. On this day, we once again commemorate and honor our country’s fallen soldiers. And as the day approaches, it is time to focus on the true meaning of this important holiday. We must remember all the soldiers who died serving and defending our country’s freedom, from all wars, popular or unpopular – from Europe to Vietnam to the Middle East and anywhere else.
Many of the families usually take some time off from work and spend a little time reflecting and remembering our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. Most every American has someone in their family who fought in the war. If they don’t, most likely they know someone who did. Nevertheless, it is not an excuse for not honoring our fallen soldiers.
While our brave soldiers risked their lives fighting for our country, they have also fought the pain and loneliness of being away from their beloved families. Their families were left behind without a husband or wife, a father or mother and without a son or daughter. As opposed from previous Memorial Day celebration which honor the casualties of the American Civil War, today, the entire country celebrates this event to honor all the Americans who have died while taking part in any USA war.
People usually visit memorials and cemeteries in observance of this special day. Every Memorial Day at 3 p.m., the whole country holds a national moment of remembrance. The flags are set at half staff until noon, whereas flowers and flags are offered at the cemeteries to remember the bravery and heroism of our fallen soldiers.
In Scottsdale, there are various significant and fun events that will take place in remembering our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.
- Veterans groups will commemorate Memorial Day: May 27
Residents are invited to commemorate Memorial Day at 10 am at the Chaplain Statue at Scottsdale City Hall. Activities include: reading of the General Orders, eulogy and wreath-laying. For details, call 480-941-1030.
- National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona – 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024 480-513-3600. The ceremony will be held on May 17, 2013 starting at 8:00 AM. State officials and all military organizations will be represented to pay their respects to our fallen brothers and sisters.
- Memorial Day BBQ – Saturday, May 25
Memorial Day BBQ will start at 4 pm till 7 pm. Reggae BBQ package starting at $139.00 for a standard studio king suite. This will be a big FUN for the whole family spending the Memorial Day weekend at the Gainey Suites Hotel. For bookings, visit www.gaineysuiteshotel.com
- Memorial Day Spa Specials – May 20 – May 31
Eurasia Spa has gone Coconuts! Indulge yourself in a various selection of spa and massage. You can choose between coconut milk and honey body treatment, coconut orange massage or lime zinger pedicure. This is a great way to relax and rejuvenate on this Memorial Day weekend. Call 480-922-8855 for reservations
For a complete list of promotions and happenings on Memorial Day, visit http://www.experiencescottsdale.com/?s=memorial+Day+Weekend
On this coming weekend, before we head out to remember those who have fallen in the service of our country let us not forget the true meaning of the holiday. Let us all give a moment of silence to honor and offer a prayer reflecting, and remembering our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day!