Remembering the True Meaning of Memorial Day

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country. It was first 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.

In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday of May. Several southern states, however, have an additional, separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas; April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Many feel that when Congress included Memorial Day as part of a three-day weekend, it made it all the easier for people to be distracted from the true spirit and meaning of the day. Yes, it is nice to have a day off and it does mark the unofficial beginning of summer but please take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday and remember and honor those who have died serving our country and protecting our freedoms.

Happy Memorial Day from