Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and was originally a day to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. After World War 1 all American soldiers who had died in military action or war were included.
Many Americans will be spending this Memorial Day having barbeque's with their loved ones, some will be taking the time to visit memorials and cemeteries, others will spend Memorial Day thinking about their loved ones serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
When people want the war to end, when people are angry at the politicians it does not mean they do not support the troops. Most people who oppose the war because they do not want to see one more American troop die for the disastrous policy of George W. Bush in Iraq.
Memorial Day takes on a special significance during a time of war, a time to honor the fallen becomes much more solemn when remembering that men and woman are still in the line of fire and that the country is divided over this.
I hate the war, I despise the politicians that got us there, but I support the troops. This Memorial Day I will pray for their safe return and hope that it will be sooner than later they are able to walk out of the line of fire and back to their loved ones.