Samhain is the Wiccan/Pagan holiday that marks the end of the old liturgical year and the beginning of the next. It is also a memorial of the dead an a time to honor our ancestors. I think it's important to honor the ancestors because their deeds laid the foundation for the future. If we don't know where we came from, it's hard to know where we are going.
In Wicca, Samhain is the night when the veil that separates the physical world from the otherworld is the thinnest. So it is a good time to commune with the ancestors.
There are a few people that I honor who came before me.
My grandfather was a warrior. He was a Lieutenant Commander in the Pacific Fleet in WWII. He was honorable, brave, and intelligent. He died at a relatively young age (60) from cancer. He started smoking during the war and was never able to stop. But I remember that he was one of the few family members who was man enough to stand up to my sociopath father.
My mom's second husband was in many ways the opposite of my biological father. He, too, briefly served in the military (army), but got discharged for medical reasons early on. He died of heart failure at age 48. But he worked until the day he died. He was also one of the few family members that didn't ostracize me when I came out of the closet.
I remember the friend who introduced me to Wicca. I didn't know her that long, but the spiritual gifts she bestowed upon me is an honor that I hope to someday be worthy of receiving. Becoming a Wiccan has changed my life for the better in so many ways. I am grateful. She died of breast cancer.
I remember my little dog who died last weekend. She was fifteen years old. Nothing happened to her that was out of the ordinary. She just went to sleep and died. There are worse ways to go.
Blessings to those who came before. I remember you and honor you.