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The last Monday of May serves as a time to reflect on the over one million military service members who have fallen protecting the rights and freedoms of our country. This Memorial Day, Responsive Health joins all Americans in thanking our veterans for their service.

Though not officially recognized as a federal holiday until 1971, Memorial Day traditions date back to the years following the American Civil War. At the time, the day of remembrance was known as Decoration Day.

Until the First World War, the day was set aside exclusively to remember the 625,000 soldiers who died fighting on both sides of the American Civil War. At the conclusion of World War One, the spirit of Memorial Day was broadened to remember all those who died in combat serving their country.

Though Memorial Day now consists of many passive customs, including Memorial Day sales at retail stores and attending barbeques, we at Responsive Health encourage all Americans to take time this Monday to remember and honor those who have died fighting for our country.

There are many ways to express gratitude our fallen heroes, including flying flags at half-staff until noon, pausing for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. local time, or attending a Memorial Day service at your local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Responsive Health supports all of the fallen, current and veteran military service members and extend our eternal gratitude to all who have fought to preserve our way of life this Memorial Day.