Memorial Day Is a very special day of remembrance for those that have given their lives in service of the United States of America. It is always observed on the last Monday in May.
While some Americans associate this day as the kick off to summer activities it was originally created to honor our nation’s finest military service men and women who gave their all.
The first official Memorial Day was held in the United States in May 1868. On that day, which was then called Decoration Day, people remembered those that were taken from us during the war by decorating their final resting places with flowers.
Did you know that somewhere around 1.1 million American men and women sacrificed their lives so that we may live today (usmemorialday.org)? And one of those was my brother, Sgt. Mecot Camara, United States Marine Corps.
His legacy now continues through the adventures of Patriot Pup. I get to share with each of you how special my brother was to me. In the books, my brother spends a lot of time with my son, Hank, and a very courageous, loyal, loving puppy named Patriot Pup. A very special pup that is also known for his sense of adventure mixed with a little mischief too!
So, to me, Memorial Day is the day we remember what it means to be a hero and a day we thank those who did not get the joyous homecoming they so deserved. We honor them by remembering each of their lives and sacrifice.
Patriot Pup is my way, as the author, to remember and honor my brother by sending Patriot Pup on cool adventures that teach the qualities of our United States military. Those qualities being: loyalty, courage and honor.
What does Memorial Day mean to you?
About the Author
Elisa M. Camara was born and raised in West Virginia, went to Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is currently located in Orlando, Florida. She is the mother of three sons and this sister to a fallen soldier. Elisa was first inspired by her brother, Sergeant Mecot Camara. She published her first book, American Brother, in 2013. Elisa put her creative writing skills, her love of children and her love of our country together to set fire to the creation of Patriot Pup.