Memorial Day’s True Meaning Revealed In Powerful Photographs

For some people Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, but the holiday is a much more somber and significant time. Each year, on the last Monday of May, the United States observes Memorial Day as a time to remember those who gave their lives while in service to their country. It is a time to both remember those brave men and women, as well as honor and appreciate the sacrifice that they made so the rest of us can live in freedom.

During the dark days of World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill said in a wartime broadcast, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” That statement is true of all fallen veterans throughout our nation’s history — those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and laid down their lives so the rest of us could be free deserve all the respect and remembrance we can give.

While it may be easy to get wrapped up in the three-day weekend, special store sales, and barbecues with friends, there are so many American families that are dealing with the loss or memory of a loved one who died fighting for their country on our behalf.

Here are photographs from the Armed Forces that show the true meaning of Memorial Day and remind us of the high cost of freedom.


Master Sgt. Robert Lilly pays his respects to a fallen veteran at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, Nevada.


A battle cross sits on display during sunrise at Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida. U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing set up the cross for Lt. Col. William Schroeder.


Members of the Whiteman Air Force Base Honor Guard.

Jacob H. is an award-winning journalist and photojournalist who currently resides is West Michigan with his wife. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys writing, photography, mountain climbing, and camping.
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