Happy Memorial Day!
We are coming to the close of a three day weekend that has most likely been filled with parades, BBQ’s, fun with friends and family, and of course celebrating being a proud American. We always think of Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer, however it’s also a day to celebrate and honor the lives of all the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice, so we may continue to have our freedoms.
The roots of Memorial Day go back to 1866, when women in both the northern and southern states of the U.S. placed flowers on the graves of the soldiers that fought and lost their lives during the Civil War. At that time it was known as Decoration Day. Women in the South were known to place flowers at the graves of Union soldiers as well, as a way to begin the healing process after this unfortunate war between the states.
Over time, it became a day of contemplation and gratitude for the many freedoms we have in this great nation of ours. In 1971, President Nixon declared Memorial Day a national holiday, which is currently observed on the last day of May.
In the year 2000, George W. Bush signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” where all Americans were encouraged to give a moment of silence at 3:00 PM, to honor those that have given the ultimate sacrifice. In addition to honoring the sacrifices of prior generations that have defended our country, I feel it’s important to thank the men and women who have served and continue to serve this nation, including my son Lt. Daniel Malone.
And so, I hope you will all take a moment at 3:00 today, to close your eyes and honor all the brave men and women who make up our U.S. military, past and present, and say thank you.
“ We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.”
Francis A. Walker