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Memorial Day intended to be a day of remembrance

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For many families, Memorial Day weekend has become the kick off to summer, but this weekend is really intended to be a day of remembrance for those who have lost their lives serving this country. 

"Memorial Day actually started right at the end of the Civil War, it was an act of congress…they wanted a remembrance," said Vietnam Veteran Chuck Albrecht. 

It began as a way to honor the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who had fallen during the Civil War. 

"They picked the last Monday in May, for the very reason that at that time, all the flowers are in bloom…it goes down to today too, the flowers are in bloom if you know somebody that's served, tell them thank you for your service, if they have gone home to be with the Lord, put some flowers on their graves," said Albrecht. 

"I wish people would think of it more as that kind of a day instead of a day of vacation at times—fly the flag, everybody should be flying the flag on Memorial Day, on Monday and this whole weekend," said Sioux Falls City Council member Rex Rolfing who lost his son during the war in Iraq. 

"I fly the American flag every day in honor of the people that our serving our country; there can't be enough said about the people that are serving our country today," said Korean War Veteran Al Staab. 

Whether you've lost a loved one who was in the military or are simply an American Citizen, Memorial Day is a time for everyone to remember. 

"Memorial Day Weekend means a lot to me because its the way that the veterans should be remembered," said Staab. 

"Not just memorial day, but every day, when you're giving grace, say a special prayer that you have the freedom to say grace," said Albrecht. 

"We need to make sure we defend that freedom at all costs, and that's what Robb did, he gave his life," said Rolfing.

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