The AP says veterans groups aren't thrilled with Memorial Day always being a three-day weekend, triggering more leisure and recreation.

The holiday now honors those who died in any war while serving with the United States.

"Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice" - President Barack Obama. It's about sacrifice. It's about recognizing that there's something bigger than oneself in this petty world.

Depending on who you ask, Memorial Day is either a day off from work, the beginning of summer, or a reason for great deals at the local auto dealer.

It is also called Decoration Day.

Traditionally, the observance took place on May 30, but in 1968 Memorial Day and other holidays were moved to a designated Monday in order to create an extended holiday.

However, there is no debate that it was a declaration almost 150 years ago from Maj.

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Waterville residents gathered Monday to honor veterans and fellow citizens at their Memorial Day parade.

Tune into Let's Talk Pella today to hear the sounds of the Pella Memorial Day Ceremony. In his words, the objective of the day was to decorate the graves of soldiers whose bodies lie in "almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land".

The Vietnam War was one of the most unpopular wars in which American soldiers fought. On Decoration Day, she went to the cemetery carrying 40 wreaths for 40 graves. "If other eyes grow tiresome and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us".

In the late 1860s, Americans in the North started holding tributes in the spring to remember the fallen soldiers and decorated their graves with flowers. Our eyes are not yet boring, our hands not yet slack. What they're trying to do is encourage Americans to pause just for a moment of silence today at 3 o'clock at 3 o'clock today. We may not know their names or their faces, but they deserve a moment of our time.

After all, the contributions we can make today are a pittance compared to the sacrifices made over more than two centuries by more than a million Americans.

"We're just showing our respect to the people who died for us fighting in the wars", said Girl Scout Lauren Lehrfeld.