Memorial Day was first widely observed in May 1868 to celebrate the sacrifices of the Civil War. A proclamation was made by General John A. Logan and over 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers’ graves were decorated by grateful Americans. Since World War I, Memorial day has evolved into a celebration to acknowledge and honor all US Military personnel killed in action. Memorial Day was officially declared a national holiday in 1971 and is celebrated on the last Monday in May each year.
As a US Navy veteran and the spouse of a US Navy veteran, Memorial Day is a very emotional and important day for me. Not a day goes by that I am not immeasurably grateful to have been born an American; not only because as an American I enjoy freedom that is above and beyond the freedoms available to citizens in every other nation on earth, but also because America is overflowing with opportunity, prosperity, good health, plentiful food, clean water, etc. It is awesome to be living in a country with a population that values and appreciates these precious attributes enough to sacrifice their lives in order to maintain such an extraordinary existence enough to have an all volunteer military. Our family has been fortunate enough to live overseas and travel to numerous other countries around the world and every single one is beautiful and truly amazing. However, there is no other place I would rather call home than the good ol’ US of A! So this Memorial Day, when you celebrate the heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country, I hope you will remember that they chose to give whatever their country asked of them in order that future generations could continue to enjoy the lifestyle we know as free Americans.
Namaste, and may God Bless the United States of America!