In the USA , Memorial Day is celebrated each year on the last Monday in May. The traditions for this day of recognition for fallen soldiers dates back to this country's Civil War. Organized women's groups took it upon themselves to to decorate the graves of the soldiers. In fact, the holiday was at one time called Decoration Day; and the name Memorial Day was first used in 1882.
Not aware of any days that remember civilians killed or injured BY or BECAUSE OF war; particularly, women and children. Having heard graphically detailed stories about women being raped and children being used as human bombs by strapping a grenade to them and sending them into a band of soldiers during the Vietnam War – no matter if they were American or non-American – the thought that comes to my mind is: Who remembers them?
* This Memorial Day, remember our soldiers who fought and died; and also, remember the unmentioned unnamed non-soldiers who are often casually referred as “casualties of war”.
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