Memorial Day is that day of the year that is set aside to remember those in the military who lost their lives while fighting in battle. In the United States of America, it is observed on the last Monday in May. (The official day is May 30th.) Although it is becoming more and more a forgotten day, it is a significant day as if these soldiers did not fight the wars, millions of innocent lives would be lost. These servicemen and women gave their lives so that many can live theirs.
The railroad has been a part of the United States Armed Forces since the American Civil War, and it still plays a role in the military today. Through the years, the locomotives and the rail cars get old, and the parts get worn, and they too ‘die’ in service to the military. Although some of the locomotives and rail cars are preserved and end up in museums or city parks, many are scraped and are lost forever only to be remembered in memories, stories, and photographs.
As you go about on this Memorial Day, never forget what this day stands for. Remember those who died in battle so that you can enjoy your day.