Today in the United States it is Memorial Day. Since we have readers from all over the world, I wondered about featuring an American holiday in my blog post. I wondered if other countries have a similar holiday to honor those who have fallen in battle for their country. Memorial Day in the US was originally celebrated on May 30th each year, but in 1971 the day was moved to the fourth Monday of May to give federal workers a three-day weekend. The celebration may feature parades, visiting cemeteries or memorials, and family gatherings. Graves of the fallen may be decorated with flags or flowers. Memorial Day often signals the beginning of summer for many in the US.
We Americans also have Veterans Day, a day to remember all those who served in the armed forces. I haven’t written any books with fallen heroes, but I have written several that feature heroes who have served in the armed forces.
One of my earliest books was published by Harlequin Love Inspired as Mommy’s Hometown Hero. I have reissued the book with a new title, Country Blessings. The book features an injured war hero.
Three novellas in my Happiness in Hallburg series feature three army buddies, who find the perfect match in the small town of Hallburg, Maryland.
The last two books in The Village of Hope series, Kirsten’s Mission and Melody’s Resolve, both have heroes who served in the army, one as a medic and one as a paratrooper.
Until I started writing this blog post, I didn’t realize how many of my stories feature a hero who served in the armed forces.
Do you enjoy reading stories that have heroes who served? If you don’t live in the US, does your country have special days to honor fallen heroes or those who served?
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