Memorial Day has become a multipurpose holiday.
Yes, of course, when it began long ago -- shortly after the Civil War -- he holiday was clearly intended to be a day of remembrance of the war dead. And, ever since, it has been observed with somber ceremonies staged at monuments around the nation, commemorating America's fallen heroes.
But for many contemporary citizens these memorials take second place to the three day weekend celebrations and getaways that kick off each year's summer season.
That's okay. Everyone needs a bit of R&R from their daily stresses -- including the pressures of knowing that we're a nation currently engaged in multiple military actions.
But Memorial Day exists for a reason, and it's really important for us to remember what the holiday is really about.
The documentaries on my 2013 Memorial Day Documentaries List will raise your Memorial Day awareness by presenting you with riveting real life stories about fallen heroes and about how the horrors of war effect those who survive. Read on...