This year like so many years on Memorial day we find ourselves with men and women of the military in harms way.
Memorial Day,originally known as Decoration Day , was first observed onMay 30,1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetary.
Memorial day had been officially proclaimed on May5,1868 in General Order No.11 by General John A. Logan national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Southern states refused to honor the day until after World War I, when the holiday was changed to honor all of those who died in all wars and not just the Civil War.
I personally believe that the day has now come to encompass even more than just the honoring of the fallen in war. I believe that it has now taken on the meaning of giving thanks not only to the fallen and their families, but to honor all who make the sacrifice to serve within our military. To thank all who have the courage to put on the uniform of the United States of America and to stand a watch.
To those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, no amount of flowers or speeches can repay the debt we owe , for the freedom they have given to us. But a simple thank you to someone in uniform can go a long way in making it known that what they are doing for us is appreciated.
So today as we are at our cook-outs and going to the beaches, or maybe going to place flowers at the cemetary, if by chance you happen to pass a person in uniform. Extend your hand and say thank you. And take a moment to say a prayer for all of those brave people around the world who are not able to be with their families today, pray that they find their way home safe.