cj Sez: “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Parades and outdoor get-togethers mark Memorial Day, often considered the unofficial start of summer. But the day is about much more than that.
Memorial Day is a day set aside as a national remembrance of the men and women of America’s armed forces who died in combat to preserve this country’s freedoms. It is about a demonstration of gratitude for their ultimate sacrifice.
The modern observance of Memorial Day began after the end of the bloody Civil War. More than 622,000 Americans, from the North and the South, died in those four years of battles.
(*See quoted sources below.)
“Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans —the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)—established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
“It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day.”
Son Jeff D. Johnston’s photo of America’s National Symbol.
The American bald eagle was chosen as the nation's symbol because it represents courage, strength, and freedom.
cj Sez: And I chose this eagle picture for today's post because I love that guy's attitude.
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