This Monday, May 28th is Memorial Day. In 1971, Memorial Day became an official nationwide holiday. It began as Decoration Day. And so this day, the last Monday in May every year is a day set aside to honor those courageous men and women who gave their lives to ensure our freedom. These people gave their full measure to keep our country free, and it is only right that we honor them. Many people celebrate the day with parades, and family gatherings. Others make visits to the cemetery, and visit the graves of their fallen loved ones.
Memorial Day is not Veteran’s Day
The difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day is that Memorial Day honors those who have died fighting for our freedom, while Veteran’s Day honors those who served and survived. Both are important days, and we must remember everyone who has been and is willing to serve our country and help keep it the best most blessed country in the world.
More about Memorial Day
The Civil War, which ended in the Spring of 1865 claimed more lives than any other conflict in American history. And, it necessitated the establishment of a national cemetery. By the late 1860’s, cities and towns began holding celebrations honoring the fallen. These commemorations included reciting prayers and placing flowers on the graves of the dead.
The first Decoration Day was proposed by General John A. Logan, the leader of a group of Northern Civil War veterans. His the words of General John A. Logan, “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. From that beginning has come a wonderful tradition of honoring those who gave their very best for their country.
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