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The Meaning of Memorial Day

May 30, 2016 by  
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The Meaning of Memorial Day


Many people are very free with their opinions about war, about whether or not we should fight this war or that, about where and how the military should be deployed or brought home.  In some countries, freely expressing these opinions could land you in jail or worse.  In America, our right to express them is protected by the highest law in our land.  In America, men and women have given their lives defending that right.

Regardless of whether we support a particular war, we should always support the men and women who serve in our military.

Memorial Day is about honoring the fallen, giving thanks to all who have served and who are serving.  It is about supporting the men and women who day after day put their lives on the line so that you and I can be free.

To all our veterans…the ones who came home and the ones who didn’t…our debt to you is deep.  Know that we remember you, we thank you, and we ask the good Lord to reward you for your faithful service to the United States of America.


Originally published by the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles on their website. Used with permission.


Editor’s Note: Here at, we join the Carmelite Sisters in their tribute to those who serve and have served, and have paid the ultimate price.  I always think of Jesus’ words: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). May God bless you all! And, may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


Art: Poppy, papaver; Šarunas Burdulis, 28 May 2012, CCA-SA 2.0 Generic, Wikimedia Commons.

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  • Linda s.Cross

    My dad served in the navy, my father in law in the army. One of my uncles was a turret gunner on a tank. These family members were all WW 2 vets. I was a cna. Some of my patients were veterans from Vietnam. I feel that I owe all these men a huge debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they made so that I can live the life of freedom that I have today.

  • Ann

    Just to emphasize that last sentence: on Memorial Day in particular, please remember our fallen heroes in prayer – offer a rosary – seek an indulgence – express your love and gratitude for those who have give all for our country in a spiritual offering to Our Lord. I worry that we speak about remembering, yet neglect the simple and valuable gift of prayer that truly reaches into eternity. …Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

    • LizEst

      Thank you, Ann. Our parish has an altar at our parish cemetery. Mass is always offered there on Memorial Day, weather permitting.

  • Peter Jensen

    I think that it helps to be more specific than less on a lot of things. With regard to Memorial Day,it is about honoring those who lost their lives in fighting for us. Honoring veterans and those who are serving now are for other days. If we jumble everything together, then the intended meaning is lost, and we can make it whatever we choose to make it. Being a veteran myself, nothing is lost for me by putting the emphasis of Memorial Day where it belongs. Teaching our children about the value of giving up one’s life for another, especially in the pursuit of a worthy cause is enough for a child to ponder on this day. God bless our fallen heroes and heroines!

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