The meaning of Memorial Day is often lost amid the celebrations of the holiday weekend.  For many people, Memorial Day is a day off from work, school or other requirements.  Here is the latest from Metro Source News:       

"As people rush off to road trips, barbecues, and family gatherings, it can be easy to forget the true meaning of this holiday weekend.  First called "Decoration Day," Memorial Day slowly emerged as communities across the country held their own services to honor their war dead.  By 1866, Waterloo, New York held the first observance of Memorial Day and two years later General John Logan issued a proclamation declaring it should be observed nationwide.  Initially conceived as a tribute for those killed in the Civil War, all of the nation's war dead were included in Memorial Day after World War One.  In 2000, President Clinton and Congress established the National Moment of Remembrance, setting aside 3 p.m. on Monday for Americans to pause for one minute of silence to honor the sacrifices of those who died in service to their country."