Memorial Day – A Day of Remembering

Memorial Day

As you enjoy your Memorial Day Holiday Weekend remember what it’s about.  Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day was set aside as a day to remember those who gave their lives fighting for their country.  On Decoration Day, family and friends of the fallen would go to their graves and decorate them with flowers.  From an article titled, “The History of Memorial Day” at we learn how Memorial Day began:

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.

To read more about how Decoration (Memorial) Day became what it is today read the full article:

Take time on Memorial Day to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  They gave all for you and me, our families and friends, America.  If you can’t make it to an official Memorial Service, just take a minute and think about them.  Say Thank You.  It can be that simple.

There are an abundance of war movies on television this weekend.  That’s cool.  I would like to make a recommendation.  It’s not a World War II movie but it’s quite good.  For me it was emotional.  It’s an HBO produced movie.  It stars Kevin Bacon.  It’s called “Taking Chance.”  It’s a true story about Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, who volunteers to escort the body of 19 year old Chance Phelps, back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming.

Taking Chance

The movie was made from the detailed report that Lt. Col. Strobl wrote about his escort experience.  It’s low key but moving.  You see the care taken and respect given to the body of the young marine as he is transported back home.  I think it fits with Memorial Day perfectly.

God Bless America.  Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

I can’t imagine living anywhere else.  Could you?  Just Asking.


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