As a Vietnam War Veteran, I consider it to be the MOST important holiday in America. (I have instilled in my daughter since she was born, that Memorial Day IS NOT for family cookouts, softball games, beer drinking parties and going on family picnics or swimming. .IT IS for HONORING the Americans that gave their lives that we can enjoy the Freedoms we ALL have as Americans!!!! . I have ancestors (Direct) that fought in the French & Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, World War One, World War Two, Vietnam and the Gulf War. I participate as a member of the Honor Guard/Firing Squad at Fulton Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony. (33d Wisconsin Vol. Infantry) Afterwards , me and my daughter spend the rest of the day going to a number of different cemeteries in Illinois and Wisconsin to put flowers on our ancestors graves.
To me, Memorial Day is Special, because that is basically what I do for a living. I work for the National Park Service at National Battlefields doing "Interprative Living History" to the visitors (Gettysbug, Antietiam, Bull Run, Chickamaugua, Stones River, Franklin, Shiloh, Spottslvania Court House, Cold Harbor, The Seven Days Battles, Kennesaw Mountian, Lookout Mountain.........
John M Wedeward
Sons of the American Revolution (Natanial Aimes Post) , Sons of Union Veterans (SUV) Henry Harden Post #2, VFW Post 2708- Edgerton, Wisonsin