Everyone loves a 3-day weekend. As Memorial Day falls on the last Monday of May every year, many employers and schools give their employees and students a break from hard work to remember those who have fallen in service of our great nation. Originating after the Civil War in 1968, Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day. On this day, the graves of fallen soldiers were decorated with flowers as a way to remember them across the nation. As Union and Confederate sides had similar holidays to commemorate their dead, these holidays eventually merged into one, forming Memorial Day. Often confused with Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day is celebrating those who died while serving in the armed forces. Veteran’s Day celebrates those who have served at some point in their lives. As we enjoy this long weekend, be sure to remember why you have Monday off of work or school. It is because of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for you and your family to enjoy the opportunities and freedoms in this wonderful nation. Enjoy the weekend!