The original purpose of Memorial Day was to remember those Union soldiers in the Civil War. By the end of World War I the remembrance extended to all military who gave their lives in service to this nation. Today we use the opportunity to remember every loved one who has passed on, regardless of the circumstances. It is important to remember that Memorial Day is more that boats, beer, and BBQ. It is more than the start of summer vacation season. It is good to recall our history, our legacy, and those who had a part in forming our lives.