As you fir up your barbecue pits and pop open the cold brews this holiday weekend, please talke a moment to reflect on the meaning of the holiday. Memorial Day is a time to think about and thank those who have served our nation so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have. It is also a time to revere the memories of those who have served and died protecting our liberties.
The website www.usmemorialday.com describes the first official observance of the holiday, “Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery”
Since 1868 th holiday has grown to mean the unofficial start of summer. But, there are those who still understand the true meaning of Memorial Day. There are those who still go to the military cemetaries and plant flags, those who shake the hands of military members, look them in the eye and thank them for thier sacrifices and service.
Will you be one of those people?
As you are relaxing with friends and family this weekend, take a moment to speak aloud your gratitude. Let your children know that the day does not only mean a day at the beach, Let them know the importance of our military’s service and encourage them to ask questions. Be a good example of citizneship to our next generation.