Memorial Day meaning lost?

RENO, NV (KOLO) Memorial Day Ceremonies have been going on at Arlington Cemetery since May 30, 1868, when originally the graves of Confederate and Union soldiers were decorated.

At that time it was known as 'Decoration Day." It is now Memorial Day to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

“But we pay respect to their families. Those are the ones that live with that sacrifice every day,” says Jon Yuspa, the founder of Honor Flight Nevada.

Yuspa says the day is a sacred one for families that have lost loved ones while serving this country.

“I think for them they remember it every day. It is very difficult,” he says.

In 2019, Yuspa says Memorial Day, and the weekend that precedes it, is now for some just a three-day holiday. BBQs, out-of-town trips, and of course, sales galore paint a very different picture than what was originally intended.

Those who have computers cannot miss the ads for clothing, shoes, food, even the "Happy Memorial Day" wish from merchandisers.

While no one is suggesting Americans can't recognize Memorial Day in any way they choose, Yuspa says he'd like to see more of us take a little bit of time to honor those no longer with us, and finding out who those people are shouldn’t be difficult, he says.

“We have websites where you can identify a neighbor as a criminal,” says Yuspa. “We don't have a website who can identify in your neighborhood who paid the ultimate. Maybe you could pay respects or mention their name,” he says.

Yuspa says we all live under one flag, and Monday some were at half-staff. That's in honor of those who lost their lives making it so.

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