Monday, May 30, 2011
The origins of Memorial Day date back to our own civil war. Before it was called Memorial Day, it was called Decoration Day. The first official Memorial Day was, like today, celebrated on May 30th, back in 1868.
Nowadays, it's become a three-day weekend of sales, consumer shopping and the unofficial kick-off of summer. The true purpose of today is often forgotten.
Even if you don't have a nearby cemetery where our fallen military are laid to rest, I hope everyone will take a moment, or even an hour out of their day, to stop and reflect on the lives of our fallen soldiers as well as the sacrifice that they and their families have given to our country. We need to remember them.
Wikipedia Memorial Day
Memorial Day History
US Dept. of Veteran Affairs, National Cemetery List