Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, living or dead.
This is a photo of US Army Ranger Corporal William M. Amundson Jr. We've been wearing a KIA bracelet with his name for over 7 years. He died in a vehicle accident on October 18, 2004 while serving us in Afghanistan.
Our very worn bracelet:
You can order KIA bracelets from Ranger Joes.
We posted two stories about the bracelet you may like to read: Sept 2008, and Sept 2012