Importance of Memorial Day

RENO, Nev. -- As people are wrapping up their three-day weekend, it's easy to forget the meaning behind the holiday, but today is more than barbecues and an extra day at the lake.

It's the unofficial start of summer and may people spent their day off, having fun. Some people went camping, others cooled off at the lake with friends and family, but it's easy to forget the significance of the day.

"Some see it as a three day weekend, just another day off but I think it's good to just get back to what it actually is," Lynn Wagener, Sparks local said.

"Memorial day should be a day where we actually should at least take a little bit of time to remember the people who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country so we can have the freedom to enjoy a day like memorial day," James Pierce, member of the National Guard.

For people who have been on the line of defense, it adds an entirely new perspective.

"Ever since joining the guard some of these people that we remember today were friends of mine," Pierce said. "They were our neighbors they were in school with us, they are people we know."

"We all know at least one person who has served or is service so it's always a good day of the year to recognize those that we know," Wagener said.

While it's perfectly okay to celebrate the holiday, many locals keep them in the back of their minds.

"Instead of saying happy memorial day, say thank you or even just a nod of remembrance," Pierce said.

For many people it's just another three day weekend, a day off work for school, but it's also a day of recognition. It's important to remember the men and women in service and to just say thank you.

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