Every country in the world has lost men and women in some kind of Armed Forces. When does your country celebrate or morn their deaths? (Optional)
Ironically this was the only one of the three questions from this week I felt I had an answer to. The other two asked what our favorite holiday(s) are and how we celebrate. To be honest, I don’t have a favorite, not really. To me, any of the holidays we celebrate generally require extra work on my part with prepping, cooking, cleaning, etc…. But let’s get to the more important question of those who have died serving our country.
Here in america, we remember those who have sacrificed all for our country on the last day of May. This was made into a federal holiday in the year 1971 – the year I was born. I came across this brief note in a e-newsletter from the office of my son’s eye doctor — I found it fitting to include here.
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, Memorial day, (originally referred to as Decoration Day) was declared a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. It is believed that May 30 was the date chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. It became an official
federal holiday in 1971 and placed on the last Monday in May.
One of the first observances occurred when a group of women visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of fallen Confederate soldiers. The women were disturbed to discover that the graves of Union soldiers had been neglected because they were the enemy and placed some of their flowers on those graves, as well.
I believe there are a good number of folks out there that truly understand what Memorial Day is all about, understand the phrase “Freedom Isn’t Free” and “All Gave Some, Some Gave All”… Sadly there are those who mock this day, those that use it is an excuse to party, an excuse to get drunk and act stupid. Corporately, I’d say it has become another (holi)day to push retail sales Memorial Day Specials and what not.