Memorial Day is a day to remember those who sacrificed for our freedom

While many will take Monday, May 29 to enjoy the unofficial start of summer with some family time, a BBQ, a day off and maybe a dip in the pool, we should all take a moment to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. What began as Decoration Day, a tradition where people would honor soldiers who died by decorating their graves, became what is known today as Memorial Day. As early as 1868, people honored Civil War soldiers who died in the war. In 1971, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act to establish Memorial Day to be commemorated on the last Monday of May. As family and friends gather to celebrate, everyone should take a moment to remember and give thanks to those who fell defending and protecting our much-cherished freedom in this country. As a reminder to RTD customers, service changes take effect on Sunday, but RTD will operate on a holiday schedule on Monday.