Paying Respects this Memorial Day
Honoring the Fallen
May 21, 2015 by Mark Dye
The history of Memorial Day in America stretches back to the Civil War, with several different locations claiming to have been the first to honor those killed in the war by having flags at half staff and placing flowers on the graves of the fallen. And while it didn’t become an official federal holiday until 1971, it was still celebrated at the state level all across the nation for many decades.
Regardless of where it started or what it’s called (some still refer to it as “Decoration Day”), the spirit of the holiday has remained: to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. Their selfless actions have helped shape both our country and the world as a whole, from planting the seeds of freedom during the Revolutionary War, to protecting those freedoms in the fight against terrorism.
This Memorial Day, we ask that you take a bit of time to remember these brave men and women. Perhaps visit a museum or memorial, attend a parade, or simply hang an American flag and take a few moments to consider all of those who ensured it still flies today. Whatever you choose, we ask that you join us in offering a heartfelt thank you to all of those who have given their lives so that others might live free.