With all of our postings in our photo challenge, we bring up memories of forgotten people, times, and things or we start by making new memories. Today, I want to make a special post.
On this day, in the United States, we pledge to remember those who have fought our wars. In looking up Memorial Day, I found on that Waterloo, New York was the declared the first place that Memorial Day was held back in 1866, but other states have their own claim to being the first, including Columbus, MS.
On May 5, 1862, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
Originally it was to honor those who were lost serving in the Civil War, but World War I changed the day to honor those from all wars. States incorporated a day for honoring their soldiers. The Northern states used the Decoration Day or Memorial Day, and the Southern States had their own dates. It wasn’t until 1968, that Congress set aside the last Monday in May to be Memorial Day.
Now holding honorings for fallen soldiers is not new. The Athenian leader Pericles offered a tribute to the fallen heroes of the Peloponnesian War over 24 centuries ago that could be applied today to the 1.1 million Americans who have died in the nation’s wars: “Not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions, but there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.”
In December 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance. The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.
This is my post – honoring all those who serve, by placing their lives in harms way, they give not only their bodies but their minds and souls. There are no words to Thank You enough.