This weekend is Memorial Day weekend. For many it’s the official start of summer. Picnics, cookouts, camping and family vacations.
In today’s America where we have people like Rosie O’Donnel calling the troops terrorist, and John Murtha calling them murders, the real meaning behind this holiday is lost. The vast majority of schools do not even spend time on we celebrate.
So while the far left is spending their time trying to defund the troops and treating them as if they are the enemy, take a minute and remember all of the men and women who have served this country and for the many who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our country.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation’s Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former sailors and soldiers. On May 5, 1868, Logan declared in General Order No. 11 that:
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. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.
Today, Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave.