Honoring My Freedom Fighters
On May 5, 1868, three years after the Civil War had ended, Memorial Day was officiated which at the time was known as “Decoration Day.” This day would be set aside for the nation to grieve for those who fought for our country as well as to decorate the graves of the brave soldiers. May 30, when the flowers are in full bloom around the country, was designated for this special Remembrance Day. (Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs) Americans are asked to pause for a moment of remembrance and respect at 3 p.m. (Memorial Day History)
Freedom is a right that soldiers go out every day to fight for. We take advantage of our independence, as if this is the normal everyday life for everyone, but it’s not. In other nations, there are children who are recruited into the Army against their wills, families that are starving, and people who are imprisoned for their religious beliefs.
In China, in 1997, there was a law restricting families to only one baby. I happened to be in an orphanage as a baby, until I was adopted later in the year by a wonderful family. Of course I don’t remember coming here to America at the age of seven months, but I do know as a young adult what a privilege and blessing it is to live in America. Being an American gave me disability rights though the Americans with Disabilities Act, which accommodate my needs in life. I couldn’t imagine where I would be if I wasn’t placed in the hearts of this family. I could be in another country, or I could still be in China in an orphanage with no hearing aids being discriminated against.
Memorial Day is a day to recognize those who fought for the very freedoms I have today.
“Memorial Day History.” Memorial Day History. SUVCW & David Merchant, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. http:// www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html
“Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs.” Memorial Day History -. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. http:// www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp?utm_source=3birds&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=AUBURNVW_Fun+Facts+About+Memorial+Day
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