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 ago...flowers 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 humans...no country is perfect.
God Bless America !