Like many of you, I tend to enjoy our Monday holidays as a three-day weekend. A time for friends and family, for get-togethers, cookouts, down time. But these holidays are celebrated for a reason. And Memorial Day is an important one. It’s a remembrance holiday.
Memorial Day was first widely observed in May 1868. The celebration commemorated the sacrifices of the Civil War and the proclamation was made by General John A Logan. Following the proclamation, participants decorated graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.
Originally known as Decoration Day, it began in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. It has become a day of celebration in honor of those who died in all America’s wars, as well as those who are Veterans and current members of the US military.
While I have no known relatives who died while in service, I am eternally grateful for the sacrifices of so many…those who served and those who gave their lives for my freedom. My words are small but from my heart. Thank you.