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Comments 5-26-16
Publish Date: Thursday, 26 May, 2016
First of all, here is to wishing all of you a very Happy Memorial Day. I think that most people realize that Memorial Day is a day to remember all of the men and women who have died during military service for the United States of America. I decided to do a little research on Memorial Day and dig into its history.
According to, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. More than two dozen cities around the U.S. claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, but Waterloo, New York, was officially declared the birthplace by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966. "Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. '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,' General Logan said." The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn't the anniversary of any particular battle.
The first state to officially recognize Decoration Day was New York in 1873, and by the time 1890 rolled around, all of the Northern states recognized this holiday as well. The Southern states refused to recognize the holiday and instead honored their dead on several different days depending on which state it was, until after World War I when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring  Americans who died in any war.
I also found it very interesting to discover the history of why artificial red poppies are sold during Memorial Day season. Moina Michael in 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," replied with the following poem:
"We cherish, too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led.
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies."
She started selling red Poppies with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. The U.S. Post Office honored her in 1948 with a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.
Here is another thing that all of us can do on Memorial Day. The "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed in December 2000, which asks that at 3 p.m. local time for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps."
I don't mean to bore all of you with this history lesson. (Editor's note: John, let me assure you that you are NOT boring this readership with patriotic material of this nature! LG) I just feel it is important for all of us to remember, appreciate, and respect all of the folks that have given their lives to establish and protect the freedoms that all of us enjoy in this country. This is especially important for the younger generation in this country who may only appreciate Memorial Day because it is a day off of work or school. This is a huge holiday, in my opinion!
Many people of the older generations in the United States not only pay respect to the soldiers that have died in war, but they also take the time on Memorial Day to visit and "decorate" the graves of family members that may or may not have served in the U.S. military.
In any case, it is a great time to pay respect and to remember those family members -- both military and non-military -- that through blood, sweat and tears provided all of us a better way of life and the opportunities and successes that we may enjoy today.
Not going to lie... this will be a very difficult Memorial Day for our whole family as it would have been Dad's 86th birthday, and it will be our first Memorial Day without him.
Please, during this Memorial Day Weekend, remember all of those that have given their lives fighting for their country... but also say a little prayer for all the present military members who are serving this country right now and give thanks for their service and pray for their safety.

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