Memorial Day has its origins in the Civil War era and became an official holiday in 1868. Memorial Day was first established as a day to honor those who died fighting in the Civil War. It was later changed (after World War I) to a holiday to honor Americans who died fighting in any war.
Memorial Day is not just the last day of a three-day weekend. It not just a day for backyard barbeques. It is not just a day to have a parade. It is not just the unofficial kickoff of summer. Memorial Day is a day for us to remember the sacrifices others made so that we can have those backyard barbeques. Memorial Day is a day for us to say “Thank You” to those who gave their lives so that we could enjoy the freedoms we enjoy today. So tomorrow, take a moment, look at our flag flying high and say “Thank You” to those who have gone before us, who made this day possible, and paid the ultimate price to protect us and our freedom.
Tomorrow, Monday, May 30, is Memorial Day. Coincidentally, May 30th was the original date on which Memorial Day was celebrated. Please join me in honoring the men and women of our armed forces, who over the year, made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, for our freedom, and ultimately for you and me.
May God Bless America and may God watch over the men and women of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard who are still fighting for our country and freedom; may he keep them safe and return them to their families soon.