Memorial Day – Honor Our Fallen Patriots


It’s Memorial Day, so that means that summer has officially began. But this holiday has a deeper history than to mark the change of seasons. It began as a day to remember the fallen soldiers of the Civil War, and after World War II it expanded to honor all deceased soldiers. The main event of the day used to be decorating the graves with flowers, hence the original name Decoration Day. Over the years however it has become Memorial Day marked by parades and by the opening of summer venues.

As we remember those we have lost in the service to our nation, we want to thank those who have done service and those who are in service now. We appreciate the work of the individuals who give back to their nation. This day is dedicated to them.

At this time we would also like to introduce our new mentor, Roy M. Elam Jr., and our volunteer writer, Maria Lacey. Army retiree, Roy M. Elam Jr. has a BA in Liberal Arts from Western Illinois University, a Master in Distance Education from the University of Maryland University College and a MS in Human Resource Education from the University of Louisville. He is the Technology Integration Cell Chief at the New Systems Training Branch at the Directorate of Training and Doctrine, MCoE at Ft. Benning, GA and he conducts research on the effectiveness of games as an instruction tool.

Maria Lacey has a BA in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a freelance writer and is currently working as an administrative assistant at the UNLV Admissions office. Her interests include writing about social justice and gender issues. She currently resides in Las Vegas, NV with her family. For more information, please visit her website

The next scholarship deadline is 31 July. See the for more information about recent winners and future competitions. We are also continuously looking for additional volunteers, interns and mentors.