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Monday marks Memorial Day, the day to remember our veterans who have fallen in battle throughout history. For most, it’s a day off from work and the start of the summer, but we should remember it as more.

Memorial Day differs from Veterans Day, which is observed Nov. 11, because it explicitly remembers those who died from combat whereas the latter recognizes all who served. 

According to Military.com, Memorial Day was original called Decoration Day and started after the Civil War. By 1971, Congress declared it an official U.S. holiday. 

While you may be taking advantage of the three-day weekend for traveling to the beach, enjoying a cookout or by relaxing, take a moment to think about those who died so we could enjoy our freedoms. 

No matter the conflicts throughout history, veterans fought because they saw it as their duty. Veterans did not join wars to die but they knew it was a possibility when they went into combat and pressed on.

It’s easy to take things for granted in this life and the many freedoms we have in the United States. 

If you are in Alexander City on Monday, consider attending the Memorial Day program at the Bill Nichols State Veterans Home at 10 a.m. The event is being co-hosted by the home and Alexander City and special guests include the Alexander City Honor Guard, Alexander City Police Honor Guard and Maxwell Air Force Base soldiers.

We encourage everyone to go and recognize why the day is set aside.