During Memorial Day, you will see many people remembering those who serve and those who have given the “ultimate sacrifice” in service to their country, the United States of America. When I was young, this day was called Decoration Day for the decorating of the graves of the fallen in war. Apparently started relative to the Civil War, Memorial Day was officially proclaimed in 1868 by General John Logan as flowers were placed on the graves at Arlington Cemetery. It is hard to say if that is the real origin.
Many Americans have forgotten the true meaning of Memorial Day. Many celebrate those that have served, both living and dead. Many remember anyone who has passed on. While all these are worthy of remembering, that is not the purpose of Memorial Day. It used to be May 30th, not the last Monday of May. It used to be common to fly the flag. Now you only see it in front of fast food restaurants and in cemeteries.
Let us not forget that Freedom is not Free. As Abraham Lincoln said in the Gettysburg Address, “…that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion…”
Let us always remember….
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