We call this Memorial Day.
For many in the United States, it marks the unofficial beginning of summer. It is a day for cookouts, time with family, and perhaps the 1st outing of the season in the boat.
But Memorial Day is not about cookouts, or family time (as good as those things may be).
Memorial Day is when we as a nation commemorate the brave men and women who died serving their country in our military. It was created to honor the dead of the Union Army, who gave everything they had in the American Civil War. Today, it includes American soldiers who suffered died in any war or military action.