Posted by Ryan on May 26, 2008
To most, Memorial Day is the official kickoff to the summer season — pools, barbecue, the beach, movie marathons.
Lately, to more and more Americans its more solemn roots are revived. It was a day first commemorated as “Decoration Day” to put flags and other items at the graves of friends or relatives who died in the Civil War. Then, by World War I, it’s name had changed to Memorial Day and was honored on May 30. It wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial Day became the fourth Monday in May.
So, today we honor those who have died defending this country and her interests. Lincoln once said on an old battlefield during the dark days of the Civil War that “it is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”
Such is our charge as we enjoy the sales, the sun and the hot dogs, that we take a minute to remember who have died so that we might live the way we do.