While it is sometimes good to have a day off,
if you are fortunate enough to have a job.
And while it is always great to have
a celebration with friends and family.
This is if,
“Sometime in the day is set aside for remembrance.”
We must always remember the millions of people
around the world
and at home
That can never celebrate any day with anyone ever again.
Because of wars to protect our rights to celebrate.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day.
A day of remembrance for those who have died in service
of the United States of America.
Over two dozen cities
towns claim to be
the birthplace of Memorial Day.
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.
Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins,
one thing is clear
Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead.
It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868, by General John Logan.
National Commander of the
Grand Army of the Republic, 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,”
The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.