Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day - a day with double meaning

Memorial day for me marks the beginning of summer. It is a day for families, barbeques, camping, opening your pools and relaxation. But it is so much more than a day of celebration and outings. It is a day set aside to remember the men and woman who lost their lives serving our country.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and it was established in 1868 by Union General John A. Logan to commemorate the dead from the Civil War. It became a federal holiday in 1971.

Whether this day brings a day of refreshment and celebration or a day to mourn and remember, we should all take time to pause and remember the men and women who have died to give us our freedom in this great country!

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