Memories of Memorial days gone by, used to be a parade down the three main streets here in town, all the confetti, the military bands and all the different uniforms representing each branch of the military. NoW No More... Robyn Heathcock of Frisco, TX writes a post of some of the history behind the meaning'
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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. Most believe it was a concept started by the widows and mothers of fallen soldiers coming together on a specific day to decorate the grave of their soldier husbands and sons, dating back to the Civil War days. There was actually a tune written and dedicated to these ladies “Kneel Where our Loved Ones are Sleeping”. (I tried to find in on YouTube so I could share it with you but only found sheet music for it) Before long towns and villages were decorating the graves of their fallen war heroes which in turn coined the name “Decoration Day”, soon after it became an official day, first observed on May 30th of 1868. The south, however, refused to acknowledge the day observing their fallen on different days until after World War I when the holiday changed from acknowledging only those having died during the Civil War to acknowledging all who have died in any war, thus being called Memorial Day. To allow for a 3 day weekend of a Federal Holiday it is now observed on the last Monday in May. There is much more information on the history of Memorial Day, I just wanted to attempt to bring some of the history to our memories of what this holiday really means to us.
Let’s try to remember to put the memorial back into Memorial Day and instead of thinking of it as another day off of work, or a long awaited 3 day weekend, take a minute to remember the sacrifices this day was intended to remind us of and honor those who have fallen allowing us to have the freedom and luxuries of a holiday to enjoy.
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