Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Day~Remembering


Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan.  It was first officially observed on May 30th of that same year.  On that date, 140 years were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.   It was a day to honor those men and women who gave the supreme sacrifice in the service of our country, for the many freedoms we enjoy today. It's reason remains the same today. 

It wasn't until 1971 that it became a National holiday and was set up to be observed on the last Monday of May.  

I'm afraid that today, it's become a three day weekend to party, go camping, BBQ and take advantage of the Memorial Day sales at the local mall.   I wonder if today's high school students or even college students know the true meaning of this holiday? 

Please take a moment with your families to stop and give thanks to all those who have given the supreme sacrifice for the many freedoms we enjoy. 

And I want to say thank you to all those who have served and are serving in our armed forces today.  Most have done this on a volunteer basis because they believe in what this country stands for.  I know we have our faults...but like country is perfect. 


                                 God Bless America !


sugarsweet056 said...

Nice tribute! May God bless all those families left behind, & grant a special place in Heaven for the Brave men/women who died for us.
Hope more people remember the true meaning of Memorial Day, I did a post too today.

preciousone25 said...

This is a great posting, Linda!!!  Well Said!!


lv2trnscrb said...

thank you for this tribute, Linda; today at church they did a similar tribute with the history behind Memorial Day and then they did a flag folding ceremony; something I remember learning how to do (correct way to fold the flag); something I don't think my kids learned how to do

and yes, definitely thank you to all who served, serves and also to their families as well


breakaway1968 said...

What a wonderful tribute!  

sdoscher458 said...

It scares me sometimes the way history is being taught, the kids do not seem to absorb the meaning of history or understand how we are where we are. With my kids, they were all readers thank God, I made sure they had a full knowledge of just how their forefathers fought, won and died for them and their, Sandi

jjdolfin9 said...

Very nice entry Linda.  Being from a military family and having served myself, Memorial Day is a special day to me.
Hugs, Joyce

mariealicejoan said...

Most holidays today are nothing more than a three day holiday binge to most people.  I'm not sure how that happened.  They used to be marked in schools by special assemblies. I don't think schools are allowed to do so any longer, them being politically incorrect and all.  I think we can blame Political Correctness for the loss of a lot of our standards and traditions.

buggieboo1 said...

Happy Memorial Day!!!

Hope you have a great day!!!!


wwfbison said...

A truly lovely entry Linda.  I agree with you on the fact that so many of our younger citizens just look at it as a party weekend when it means so very much more.  You said it very well.