Memorial Day 2014

The Memorial Day Tradition, of honoring our fallen soldiers, started as Decoration Day after the horrific loss of American lives from the American Civil War.
Many cities claim to be the home of the original Memorial Day, but Lyndon Jonson claimed Waterloo NY birthplace of Memorial Day in May 1966.  Who are we to argue?
The very first honoring or our fallen soldiers, as Decoration Day we May5, 1868, by General John Logan, 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,”
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield lead a speech at the Arlington National Cemetery, and 5000 onlookers decorated the tombstones  o 20,000 Union and Confederate Soldiers.
Decoration Day was recognized by all the northern states by 1890.  The southern states continued to honor their own Decoration Day.    In the aftermath of World War 1, the Day was changed from honoring those that died in the Civil War, to every American that gave their lives in any war.
At 3 PM today, we will stop to honor our fallen soldiers with a moment of silence. 
Today is not the day that celebrates a long weekend, and not the day that celebrates the Bar B Q.  It is the day we recognize, and are eternally grateful for those heroic men and women that have fallen in battle to preserve our freedoms and the American Way of Life.
To you, we owe a debt, and honor your service.
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