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In Remembrance: We Honor the Fallen Heroes of Our Nation

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Life is hectic. With each passing year, time seems to speed up. It especially seems to accelerate during observed holidays and time off. There is so much to anticipate! A three-day weekend is a perfect time to reconnect with friends and family, enjoy some backyard BBQ, or have that relaxing day at the river you and your family or friends have been longing for.

In Remembrance: We Honor the Fallen Heroes of Our NationPhoto: Facebook/Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

During the busy transition from work to relaxation, it can be easy to place more emphasis on the extended weekend rather than why the holiday is observed in the first place. It is important to take a moment to acknowledge the reason behind the holiday, remembering the significance of why we are able to enjoy these extra precious moments to begin with. We here at Texas Media Group wish to take a moment to honor those brave soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

In Remembrance: We Honor the Fallen Heroes of Our NationPhoto: Facebook/Arlington National Cemetery

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday back in 1971. It is observed on the last Monday of May and honors the fallen soldiers who laid down their lives for something greater than their own while serving in the U.S. Miltary.

In Remembrance: We Honor the Fallen Heroes of Our NationPhoto: Facebook/I Love USA

According to the U..S.Department of Veteran Affairs, the estimated number of casualties of war spanning from the American Revolution (1775) through Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1995) is 41,892,128. What an astounding number of fallen soldiers who sacrificed themselves to keep our nation free. Keep in mind, the exact number is not known. The “fallen but not forgotten” figures are based upon incomplete returns and do not include those who died in Union Prisons. Additionally, the number of fallen soldiers in the Global War on Terror is not included. More information can be found here.

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