Today, here in the U.S. we are observing our most solemn holiday – Memorial Day. A day to remember all those in the military who have served and in many cases made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country and many others from the enemies of freedom.
Memorial Day had its roots in the 1860’s after the Civil War when families of the fallen soldiers would decorate the graves of the soldiers each year. On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. This became known as Decoration Day, as my parents would often refer to it.
Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.
Thank you to all who have and continue to serve our great country. It seems so small compared to the sacrifice that so many have made.