Memorial Day: Remembering American Military Veterans Who Died Protecting Our Country!

This Monday, May 30 many Americans will be enjoying an extra day off to celebrate Memorial Day 2016!

Memorial Day 2016

When Americans think about the upcoming ‘Memorial Day Weekend‘ what may come to mind are backyard barbecues with family and friends, going to the beach, camping in the mountains or maybe the great sales that will be taking place in retail stores around the country.

But the reality of the day is not about any of those things!

In a nutshell Memorial Day is to remember all of the American military veterans throughout the history of our nation who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our way of life!

What Is Memorial Day?

From an article at Parade.com

The roots of Memorial Day date back to 1866 when women in both the North and the South began gathering to honor those killed in the Civil War by placing flowers on their graves. One of the first “Decoration Day,” as it’s sometimes called, took place in a Southern cemetery and when the women placing flowers saw the neglected graves of the Union soldiers, they made a point to place flowers on their graves too. It was the first of many acts that would start healing that terrible wound.

It wasn’t until after World War I that the memorial ceremonies were expanded to honor those who died in all American wars. Memorial Day or Decoration Day was declared a national holiday in 1971 and placed on the last Monday in May. At the first Memorial Day ceremony held in Arlington National Cemetery, small flags were placed at every marker, starting a tradition that is carried on to this day…

…In 2000 Congress passed “The National Moment of Remembrance Act— to encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country which provides them with so much freedom and opportunity.”  The National Moment of Remembrance Act “encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3:00 local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.”’

Helping The Living: Heroes To Heroes Foundation And Our Wounded Veterans!

Briefly Heroes To Heroes is an all-volunteer and non-denominational 501(c)(3) that successfully helps veterans suffering with PTSD, moral injury and traumatic brain injury (TBI) open-up and finally begin the process of healing. We accomplish this through spirituality and peer support in conjunction with journey’s to Israel.

Heroes To Heroes Foundation

In addition over 92% of donated funds go towards accomplishing this mission and Mike and Janet Huckabee have agreed to serve as our Honorary Co-national Chairpersons.

And, as we like to say, we are relatively small with a huge heart and an even greater mission!

To read more and learn how you might be able to get involved with us this is a link to an article about Heroes To Heroes at the HAS blog (https://www.hallmarkabstractllc.com/22-veterans-a-day-in-the-united-states-commit-suicide/) and this is a link to the Heroes To Heroes website (https://heroestoheroes.org/).

Additionally for those in the New York area, Heroes To Heroes will be holding our 6th Annual Golf Outing on July 18th at the Leewood Golf Club in Eastchester, New York. The details can be found at the HTH website by clicking the banner below:

Heroes To Heroes 2016 Golf Outing

Michael Haltman is President of Hallmark Abstract Service in New York. He can be reached at mhaltman@hallmarkabstractllc.com

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