Memorial Day 2010
05.31.10 | | Comments
It's Memorial Day 2010. Memorial Day Has Long History And Obscure Beginnings
There are many stories about the beginning of Memorial Day. The day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service was originally called Decoration Day and was officially proclaimed on May 5th, 1868 by General John Logan, the national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. The first ceremony was in 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. At first, the South refused to acknowledge the day, choosing to honor their dead on separate days. After World War One, the holiday changed to honor Americans who died fighting in any war. It is now celebrated in every state on the last Monday in May.
Several towns lay claim to being the first to celebrate Memorial Day. In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson officially declared that Waterloo, New York was the birthplace of Memorial Day. In 1915, poet Moina Michael, inspired by the Poem "In Flanders Fields," started the practice of wearing red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation in war. Since the 1950s on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division place small American Flags at each of the more than 260-thousand gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing.
Please continue to Pray for the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
Dose of Encouragement...
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this; that he lay down his life for his friends.
Let's remember those who sacrificed their lives for freedom.