Most of us know that Memorial Day falls on the last Monday of May. But unlike most of us, I am old enough to remember that this day of remembrance used to be called Decoration Day. Paying tribute to our fallen US soldiers started after the Civil War, and this ritual became a legal holiday in 1971 with a name change to Memorial Day. Some of the customs of this holiday have, indeed, changed as well. What is now thought of as a three-day holiday weekend accentuated by beach openings, barbeques, and mattress sales was once a solemn day of visiting cemeteries, placing wreaths, and other ways of remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country’s freedoms.
Memorial Day was not intended to be a “happy day of celebration.” Nor was it meant to honor all veterans past and present—that’s Veteran’s Day in November. Memorial Day also should not be related to our personal political ideologies, but rather serve as an expression of respect and gratitude for those who died protecting our right to personal liberties and opinions.
BAYADA Home Health Care has tens of thousands of employees worldwide. There is no way to know how many members of our “work family” have been touched by the tragedy of losing a loved one to war. But for every Gold Star family out there—in and outside our organization—
BAYADA wants to pay tribute to those lost and let their loved ones know that we honor them and their sacrifice.
One way BAYADA honors military families is by working with Hire Heroes USA in our ongoing recruiting efforts. And this Memorial Day, we invite you to join us in our special fundraising effort to support this great organization, in memory of all US fallen heroes.
HireHeroesUSA.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps our nation’s veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment in the civilian workforce. It is an important cause: the unemployment rate for veteran families is four times greater than the national average.
Go enjoy the beach or a barbeque—just take a moment to remember what Memorial Day is truly about!
To support our fundraiser for Hire Heroes USA, click here.
For more information about their employment services for veterans and military spouses, visit Hire Heroes USA.
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