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‘Merica and our fallen heroes

Memorial Day likely means different things to each of us. Often we find that businesses take advantage of the three-day weekend by enticing customers with sale prices. Because it is viewed as the unofficial start of summer, patio furniture, lawn mowers and rib eye steaks can be found at the lowest price of the season. At its heart, however, the origin of the holiday stems from memorials that were held to decorate graves of our fallen heroes. For more than 50 years, however, the holiday was used to commemorate those just those killed in the Civil War, not in any other American conflict. It wasn’t until America’s entry into World War I that the tradition was expanded to include those killed in all wars, and Memorial Day was not officially recognized nationwide until the 1970s. Today, many regard the third Monday in May as the most solemn national holiday and celebrate it for all military personnel who died in service.

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It is typical to see an abundant number of American flags proudly displayed on homes and businesses. Cities and towns across the country hold Memorial Day parades and events that commemorate the national day of remembrance. City pools open and hope for sunshine and upper eighties. Memorial Day is actually more American than apple pie and will forever be stitched into the fabric of our annual pastime.

For an extensive list of ‘Over 75 Free or Cheap Events Happening This Weekend in Columbus’, browse columbusonthecheap.com. If that insanely long list doesn’t interest you, then certainly you can stream one or more from the list of ‘Most Patriotic Movies of All Time’. As a side note, I’m not sure what is more disturbing in this Hollywood-does-red-white-and-blue compilation, the fact that “Glory” is not in the top ten or that “Superman 4” made the list. Whatever you do this weekend, make certain to give a nod to those who fought their last fight for the freedoms you and I enjoy each day.