Thank you to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, for us. Thank you to the families that lost their loved ones, you are stronger than all of us and for that, thank you. Thank you to everyone who ever served and is currently serving, you make it possible for the rest of us to live our lives day in and day out. On this Memorial Day 2018, I salute the sacrifices that were made for America and her people.
Decoration Day was first observed in the years following the Civil War. The Civil War claimed more American lives than any other war in our history. It was observed on Saturday 30 May 1868 and continued until 1917. The graves of comrades were decorated with flowers and other adornments, a way to heal and remember. Decoration Day was unofficially observed at the local level, until 1917 when it was made a federal holiday following World War 1, it was decreed Memorial Day.
Everyone remembers and celebrates in different ways, some drink with friends, others pray, few go to the cemetery and mostly people spend time with their family on Memorial Day. No matter what you do on Memorial Day, just remember that it has been happening for 150 years this year. For over 150 years people of all walks of life and all backgrounds have fought and died for all of our freedoms.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everyone who placed themselves in harm’s way for all of us. We all remember in our own way and in our own time.