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June 1, 2016

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Memorial Day
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Growing up, Memorial Day meant a three-day weekend(!), barbecues, an extra beach day, and the start of summer. I didn’t give much thought to why the entire country had a day off from school and work. After all, a long weekend is a long weekend!

While the last Monday in May still means those things to me (although the weather here in New York is not cooperating with my barbecue plans), I’ve also started thinking about what the holiday actually means to our country, and to me.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was established to honor those who died in the Civil War. It was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at the Arlington National Cemetery. Later, the name was changed to Memorial Day and it became a day of remembrance for the men and women who have died in our nation’s service.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been on a historical fiction kick, but this year Memorial Day means more to me. We are so lucky that our fellow Americans are willing to risk their lives to protect our freedom, and the freedom of others. The people who have lost their lives in pursuit of this goal are heroes and deserve to be honored every day.

We have some wonderful titles in Club Shop and BookBeat that are perfect Memorial Day reads (see below). Whether you’re barbecuing, swimming, or trying to stay out of the rain this weekend, take a moment to remember—I know I will.

I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 by Lauren Tarshis

We Were Heroes: The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins by Walter Dean Myers

Behind Enemy Lines by Bill Doyle

The Storm Before Atlanta by Karen Schwabach

Ten True Tales: Battle Heroes: Voices from Afghanistan by Alan Zullo

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

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