Memorial Day in Two Words

By: Emily Arias and Jasmine Woodward

Memorial Day: A day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, traditionally observed on May 30 but now officially observed on the last Monday in May.


To commemorate this national holiday, we took to the streets of Naperville, IL to ask locals what Memorial Day meant to them in two words or less. This task proved to be harder for some people than we previously thought. Condensing an entire holiday into a small phrase can be challenging, but these people were up to the task

Here are some responses we received:


“Long weekend” – Chase Bergman, Amber Stefanski and Ashley Stefanski


“Barbecue. Blue skies. Patriotism” – Nathan Taylor, Gabi Nelson, Carrie Weldy


“Fallen soldiers. Cook outs.” – Jenni and Cameron


“Veterans” – John Aldrin


“Fallen heroes” – Brett Wilder and Kalah Davies


“Stress free” – Zack and Kat

This brings us back to the beginning with the definition of Memorial Day. Through all of the fun, sun and cook outs, is the real meaning behind this holiday being honored?

Let us know in the comments what Memorial Day means to you, or what you think about the responses.
For all of those in any of the United States Armed Forces, we thank you for all you do. Have a happy and safe Memorial Day and don’t forget to take a few minutes to remember those we have lost fighting for our freedom.






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