Celebrated on the last day of May, Memorial Day is the one day of the year that we set aside to honor the memories of those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Although many people celebrate the day among friends and family while sharing time, stories, and grilling burgers, the true meaning of Memorial Day is a solemn one. It is not a day to honor war, but a day to remember those that left loved ones behind in hopes of securing a better future for all of America. Some returned to their final resting ground, many never returned and some we still hope to find. In the words of John Logan (1868), Memorial Day is a day to “…gather around their sacred remains to garland the passionless mounds of with the choicest flowers of spring time…”
So, this Memorial Day, take a moment to honor their memories. Lower your flags to half-staff and say a prayer for our soldiers and the family members they left behind.