Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Memorial Day is this Monday.

People get excited about a three day weekend, and hot dogs and potato salad, camping and all sorts of fun with family and friends. But let's not forget the real reason for this day:

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

I have a tear in my heart for all those who have given their lives for our Country.

Most of them very young men (& women) who have gone to war for our freedom!
I am very very thankful for them and appreciate my freedom.
Let's not forget there is still a war going on and still have people dying.

God protect our troops and bring them home safely!

My heart goes out to the families that have lost a loved one in any war!
I can only imagine the horror of recieving the horrible news!