I think it is sad how in today's world Memorial Day is simply about bbq's and the start of summer vacations. There is SO much more to it.
A quick history lesson for you....
Memorial Day History:
When was Memorial Day first celebrated?
Memorial day was first celebrated on May 30, 1868. It was observed by placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers during the first national celebration. Gen. James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which around 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.
Why is Memorial Day celebrated on May 30?
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. This date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
I love history and learning more of the "whys" to what we celebrate. My daddy served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years and I am incredibly grateful for his service. My brother served in the U.S. Army and I still have many friends serving in our armed forces. My thankfulness and gratitude goes out to those currently serving and those who have served in our armed forces. Take some time this weekend and thank a veteran.
GOD BLESS THE USA!!!!!!