Just another day off to play with the kids, barbecue and lounge around… right?
“…gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime….let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation’s gratitude,–the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.” –General John Logan, General Order No. 11, 5 May 1868
Starting back around the time of the Civil War when more than 620,000 men were killed, the holiday of remembrance
was called “Decoration Day” because families decorated the graves of fallen loved ones.
If you haven’t already, take a moment to reflect on those service men and women who gave their lives for our freedom.