Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic John Logan issued an order that made May 30, 1868 a day for “decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country in the late rebellion (Civil War).” As the decades have passed our country has set aside the last Monday of May to honor all who have given their lives in defense of our country.
As we enter Memorial Day weekend 2020, some of the activities we normally do on the last weekend of May, we are not yet doing. We are still not watching baseball, spending as much time with family and friends or going to the mall, houses of worship or hitting the beaches. But soon those activities will return. And we need to remember the reason we can enjoy these activities is because of the men and women who have said “I’m ready to protect and serve my country,” or who have said “I’m willing to leave my family to serve my friends, neighbors and strangers of my country.”
Let us not forget that, at its heart, Memorial Day is about remembering and honoring those individuals who have made the hard choices that afford all of us the freedoms that we, at times, take for granted.
Let us find time to pause and remember all of the men and women in our Armed Forces who have served and /or who serve unselfishly today with honor, courage, and a willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice if necessary.
We can never truly adequately express our deep gratitude for the sacrifices you and your families make on our behalf so we can worship, work, play, speak and live in the freedom you defend daily.