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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Date: Jun 19 2000


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Monday was Memorial Day in the U.S. It’s a major holiday when most people take the day off to remember all the Americans who have died in past wars. Here, Migs and I talk about what we’re doing this year.


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John:  So, what are you going to do today? You know, it’s Memorial Day.

Migs:  Yeah, I know, but I don’t have anything planned. I’m just gonna chill out, maybe get some work done.

John:  Aren’t you gonna to head out to the cemeteries?

Migs:  No, I don’t really know anyone who died in the Civil War.

John:  It’s not just about the Civil War, it’s about everybody who’s died in all American wars.

Migs:  Oh, really? Well, I don’t think I know anyone who died in any wars. Do you?

John:  No, I don’t. But, uh my grandmother and dad go out every year anyway just to say hi to our relatives that have passed away. Don’t you guys do that?

Migs:  No, I haven’t done that before, but it sounds kind of interesting.

John:  Well, you wanna come with us?

Migs:  Well, I could, but maybe you could just tell me about it later.

John:  Alright, I’ll let you know when I get back.

Migs:  Alright.


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Memorial Day in the US is all about remembering Americans who have died, fighting for our country. Many people don’t think about it more than just a day to not work, but the meaning is very important. We wouldn’t be here today if those brave people hadn’t fought for us. I’m not saying that war is good, but we should honor those who have fought for us, and hope that there are no more wars in the future. There are many countries today involved in wars of some kind. How do you feel about this? Is your country in a situation like this? If you want to talk about it, please come to the Ebaby! Message Board and share you opinion at the “Life Goes On” section. Until next time,—John


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