America was founded on the service of men and women who sacrificed much for our freedom, especially on the battlefield. Memorial Day finds its roots in the midst of one of our nation’s greatest battles, the Civil War.
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. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs)
Of course, the legacy of honoring fallen heroes lives on today in our nation as we remember those who died protecting and defending these United States.
This Memorial Day, we express our profound gratitude for our fallen soldiers and their families. America has been blessed to have these heroes go before us. And we pray for those now serving in our armed forces.
God bless America!
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