Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorial Day

By Jim Emerson, staff writer
Memorial Day is a day of honor and reverence; it is a solemn day. We must recognize an unfortunate fact of life; that our beloved country was formed and is protected by the blood of its warriors. Yet as unfortunate as this is we can be thankful,
because over the years Americans have answered the call every time our way of life has been threatened. 

None understand this better than those who put everything on the line by signing a contract to serve in America’s Armed Forces. Many honorable men and women paid the price with their limbs and lives. And since the end of the Vietnam War, the warriors who died in service to this county have volunteered.

The Memorial Day holiday is observed on the last Monday of May to honor men and women who died while serving in the American armed forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War from a desire to honor the dead. It was proclaimed in a General order by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. He established May 30th would be the day
designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country.” Therefore a Decoration Day.  Former combatants honored the dead on separate days until after the First World War. Memorial Day has evolved to honor all Americans who died while in military service. It became a Federal Holiday in 1971.
Ceremonies and memorials are held to honor and remember those who died in the service of their country. Volunteers place flags and flowers on each grave in National and local cemeteries. Parades are held, Military and veteran’s organizations participate in the various events. Families remember their
loved ones who died in this nation’s wars.
Take a little time to remember those who gave it all for your freedom.

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