To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning

"So many times they said we have Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day and this was the day that makes us remember the fallen that have scarified that have had the ultimate sacrifice for us", Mullins said.

The origins of Memorial Day began after one of our country's darkest chapters, the Civil War.

Across the country, humble tributes occurred on that first Decoration Day.

While it's important to continually evaluate the role America should play in terms of policing the world stage, there's little question that the nation's strong military presence has helped create conditions of greater peace and prosperity for hundreds of millions of Americans and their fellow global citizens. Their chartered buses arrive at the World War II Monument, and from there the veterans visit the Vietnam Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. The date of Decoration Day was originally the 30th of May. May 30th was chosen because it wasn't the anniversary of any particular battle.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is celebrating Memorial Day by delivering remarks at two different ceremonies, one at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue and the other at Memorial Park in Omaha.

By 1966, the holiday wasn't yet officially and nationally recognized, but it did earn a birthplace. The war dead are all around us but mostly forgotten 364 days of the year, until Decoration Day comes 'round again.

The Associated Press has a story this morning of how many Americans don't see this holiday weekend as a time to honor the fallen. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971.

Among those watching near East and Alexander, was Daniel Osfowitz, who says he was there in part to honor his father who served in the Korean War, and really, just to honor everyone who served. Inouye died in 2012.

"It would not have been possible if Anson Cooper had not come up with the idea to honor our local war dead", said Randy Chapin, who oversees the memorial. The town first celebrated on May 5, 1866.

Memorial Day is oftentimes a day we picnic, attend parades, spend time with family and enjoy time in the Montana outdoors. For the past 17 years, Americans have been asked to pause in whatever they're doing at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day for a moment of silence or the playing of "Taps", in what's called the "National Moment of Remembrance".

All gave some, some gave all.