The last Monday in May…. the weather is beautiful, the water is warm, and it is a three day weekend.
But why is it a three day weekend?
I am dedicating this post to the men and woman who have served this country… who have sacrificed their life for us and allow us to have our freedom.
Below is a quote and link to the history of Memorial Day.
“Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union sailors and soldiers.
During that first national celebration, former Union Gen. and sitting Ohio Congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.”
God Bless the U.S.A!
Also, here is a picture of Amy’s Great Uncle Bill who died on Nov. 22 1944 during WWII when US Third Army takes crucial town of Metz, France. He was age 23.