I do know the history and appreciate the meaning and reasons behind Memorial Day. My paternal great grandfather and both maternal grandparents were immigrants. My paternal Grandfather was Special Envoy to New Zealand in WWII because he had been a journalist in Japan at the time of the First World War, and knew the country snd culture. My father, his son, served in the Army during WWII, in the Pacific and ironically including being an Army journalist in Japan after the Japanese surrender. My husband”s father served in the Navy.as a Flight Surgeon. His brother also serve d as a Navy Flight Surgeon in WWII. My husband was in the Navy and on active duty during Viet Nam and the Cuban missile crisis, and his brother was in the Air Force as a fighter pilot (one of very few in his unit to survive). I was in the Army Nurse Corps with 8 months active duty during Desert Storm. And one of my grandsons was in the Marines. And contrary to the opinions of another poster to this subject, we were ALL Democrats ( those still living still remain so) and firmly committed to this nation, which for all it’s flaws and failures to completely live up to this statement, remains committed to be “One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.” So, on Memorial Day, we honor that national commitment, and the ultimate sacrifice of all our military members of all backgrounds, creeds, and colors, who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend this country and that commitment it makes to all its citizens.