TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WTXL) - Memorial Day is a day to remember those who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday originally called decoration day, was developed after the Civil War.
A holiday which is recognized every year on the last Monday of May, is commonly thought of as a day of get together s and outdoor BBQs. Local veterans hope that as people celebrate Memorial Day this year, they can remember the true meaning behind the holiday.
Elks Lodge Member, Chuck Mohr, served with the National Guard for most of his military career. He says "We all owe something to our country, and we all need to pull our load. Plus a load for someone who can't. We need to help them, in order to be a free nation and prosperous nation."
WWII veteran, Bob Greenburg says that people should take time to reflect on the day, "Don't think about the sales and going to the stores, think about the meaning of memorial day and what it stands for. Why it was created, and why we should observe it."