Honoring those who have passed in the Nation's wars
The origins of Memorial Day can be traced back to the Civil War era; when Americans of all races and regions grappled with how best to honor the immense loss during the conflict. It's believed that the tradition of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, where in 1864 three women placed flowers and wreaths on the graves of Union soldiers who had died in battle. Today, many communities across the country continue to observe Memorial Day as a way to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country.
The historical day of remembrance, originally dubbed "Decoration Day," has since evolved into the solemn "Memorial Day," dedicated to honoring the brave soldiers who served and lost their lives for our country. The New York Times first mentioned this significant day in a June 7, 1868 article.
“The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment."
As you spend time with loved ones over the holiday weekend, perhaps grilling in your backyard, it's important to remember that our freedom to do so was made possible by the courageous individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice. Let's honor and appreciate their service and sacrifice.
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