Memorial Day honors the sacrifices of men and women who died while serving in the United States military. Military museums and exhibits memorialize veterans’ sacrifices every day. Importantly, they provide context so that the public may better understand and appreciate military service.
Military museums and exhibits serve as a rallying point for the veterans of the particular branch in which they served as well as their families. Veterans and current service members regularly take their families to “their” museums where they share their experiences as members of the armed forces in training and on duty.
Long after the conflict, military museums and exhibits encourage visitors to reflect on the ideals that led men and women to service and the great sacrifices that service entailed.
While Memorial Day may kick off of summer vacation, the holiday’s original meaning remains important. The United States was born through sacrifice. This Memorial Day, visit a military museum to better understand the military experience and the central role it has played in our national life.