Memorial day is a day of remembrance, a day to honor our valiant military men and women who gave their lives in service to our nation. Initially it was called Decoration Day, and proclaimed on 5 May, 1968 by General John Logan, the commander of the Grand Army of The Republic. Memorial Day was first observed on 30 May, 1868, with the placing of flowers on both Union and Confederate soldiers interred at Arlington National Cemetary.
So today, while you barbecue, or take a road trip to the beach, please take a moment, and bow your head in a moment of silence, to thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice. If you have family or friends who have given their lives in defense of our nation, you have my everlasting gratitude, as well as that of all who enjoy the freedoms we have to this day.
It is very likely that we would not be here, as we are today, had it not been for those greater and braver than ourselves, who volunteered or were drafted to fight to defend freedom. Think highly, and think kindly of those that gave their lives, so that you might live in a truly Country as great as ours, and remember that freedom is not free. It is because of these great men and women, that the United States of America is still the greatest nation on earth.
God Bless America!