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Today is Memorial Day.  A day in which we celebrate those who have served in our armed forces.

In case you didn’t know:

Civil War General John Logan started Memorial Day to help mend the relationship between the North and the South after the Civil War.  Logan started Memorial Day in 1868,  he called it Decoration Day.  Gen. John Logan chose May 30th to celebrate Memorial Day, because it was a date that had no civil war battles, and it was also a likely time of year for flowers to be in bloom across the nation.  Everyone could bring flowers to “decorate” the graves of the fallen.

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. -Joseph Campbell

The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. -Thomas Campbell

For love of country they accepted death… -James A. Garfield

The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children. -William Havard

Memorial Day became an official National Holiday in 1971. Although Memorial Day has been celebrated for over 100 years, it wasn’t until 1971 that it was declared a National Holiday.


2 Responses

  1. That was interesting. I never knew the beginnings of the holiday. I surely didn’t know that Christa was almost 6 months old before it was declared a National Holiday.

  2. Very nice and great info. I’ll be back.

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