Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May to honor and remember the men and women who have died while serving in the United States military. It’s time for us to come together and reflect on the sacrifices that have been made to protect our freedoms and country.
The origins of Memorial Day can be traced back to the aftermath of the Civil War. In 1868, General John Logan declared May 20 as “Decoration Day”, a day to decorate the graves of war dead with flowers. Over time, this tradition grew and evolved into the Memorial Day we observe today.
On Memorial Day, we honor those who have given their lives in service to our country. We take the time to honor the heroic men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and to thank their families for their service and sacrifice as well.
Some ways to honor our fallen heroes:
Visit a local cemetery or war memorial, and place flowers or a flag on the graves of those who have served.
Participate in a local Memorial Day parade or ceremony.
Take a moment f silence to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have given their lives to our country.
As we celebrate the official start of summer with friends and family on this long weekend, let us take a moment to also remember the true meaning of Memorial Day, honoring our heroes with gratitude and appreciation for their sacrifice. Let us strive to uphold the values of freedom and justice that they fought and died to defend.
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By Linda Lindquist, May 29, 2023