Today is the Memorial Day holiday here on the US. Before it became one of the national Monday holidays it was known as Decoration Day. I remember when it was celebrated on May 30th. Somewhere along the way the government decided to standardize holidays by passing the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. I believe that was in the late 1960’s when I was in my very early teens. The holiday was then established as the last Monday of May.
I think that many people do not fully understand the purpose of Memorial Day. Originally observed to honor the soldiers who gave their lives in the Civil War the holiday is to honor all soldiers who died in the line of duty or as the result of injuries sustained during armed conflict.
I do not know if I personally have any ancestors who lost their lives during any of the wars in which the US has been involved. I’m sure that many of the people I know do though. Regardless, many men in my family did serve beside soldiers who died fighting for freedom. I am grateful for the freedoms I enjoy because of the brave soldiers who died to give me those freedoms. As a nation we should honor those brave soldiers.
I my lifetime I’ve seen groups of people who protest soldiers returning from areas of conflict. There are politicians who are working to take away the freedoms we currently enjoy. These protesters and politicians dishonor the heritage of those who have died fighting for those freedoms; although they themselves enjoy those same freedoms. Disingenuous at the least, treasonous at the worst. Disillusioned, certainly.
So today, I want to honor all those who have died for my freedom to live and control my own destiny. I want to thank the families that have lost loved ones because of their service to our nation. Nothing can fill the hole left on their hearts from the loss. My prayers go out to all those families that they may find comfort and peace.
This day, is not about barbecues and parties and a paid day off; this day is to honor those who have died to give us the freedom to live in this nation unfettered by dictatorial rule over every aspect of our lives. Think on the sacrifices made that give us the freedom to gather and celebrate with those barbecues and parties. Remember those throughout the history of our nation who died for our continued freedom. Bless the families of those who have lost loved one in the line of duty. Thank them and let them know you appreciate their sacrifice.
God bless you all and God bless our nation