Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorial Day

It's Memorial Day Weekend.  Although this has become the official "kick-off" weekend for the summer -- it's a lot more than that.

Nearly 150 years ago, Memorial Day— first called Decoration Day— was set aside to decorate the graves of the men who’d recently died in battle. America was still reeling from the Civil War when Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a proclamation in 1868, according to a PBS account of his decision.  “The 30th of May,” he declared, “would be an occasion to honor those who died in the conflict.”

This photo, and the linked article, I'm a veteran, and I hate "Happy Memorial Day"...made me think.

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