The Real Meaning of Memorial Day

                                                                            
Are you aware that when Memorial Day was originally created, it was called Decoration Day?  I didn’t know that until I was an adult. In my 20s and still today, I’m a History addict. I love learning everything I can about the History of the World especially  about my country, the USA. There have been many events in America that we got wrong. But there is WAYY more events that occurred, that the U.S. got right. 🇺🇸  


                                                          

DECORATION DAY

Decoration Day originated after the Civil War. It eventually became Memorial Day and then a Federal Holiday, in 1971. It’s meant for us to take the time out and recognize the people who did fight for your freedom. It’s meant for Families to honor and remember those family members that they miss dearly. And we pay our homage by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. 

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.  The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

Did You Know?

Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.


                                                

In my eyes ,The Civil War  ranks either the most important war of U.S. history or the 2nd most important.  We can’t forget the American Revolution.  In The American Revolution, we gained our inpendence from England and with the Civil War, slavery ended. I wonder what the world would like be without these two critical events occurring.  In every War, countless brave men and women give up their life , to help evolutionize the world. When you sit and think about , it’s a selfless act.  Earlier this week, I was watching one of favorite shows, The Americans. The character, Pastor Tim, counseled the main characters of the show, Elizabeth and Phillip , about not standing in the way of their sons’ dream and goals. The son wants to finish his  schooling abroad but , the parents had a difficult time seeing how this was a benefit to their son.  Pastor Tim’s advice was the best line of the episode. ” You can’t predict what a person’s life is going to be and you can’t deny them the challenges that will shape them.”  The parents learned they had to let go and let him pursue his purpose.  The men and women who fight, probably didn’t imagine how their actions would help create America as the leader of this world , a country that many around the world wants to live for a better quality of life. But their actions did and shouldn’t be ignored.  Many families have been left with holes in their lives because of the losses.  And although you hurt, I thank the families for recognizing there is a bigger purpose being served. 

I know the older these rituals are, people who didn’t feel the pain of the many losses believes it’s day for them to party, cook out and sleep.  This Memorial Day , I ask people to put our wants and needs aside for a day, and honor those who sacrificed their lives for us. And for those that have survived  war, take the time to learn their stories.  Soak in the history lessons either by their first hand experience or the events that changed their lives forever. Since I was about 8, talking to my grandparents and their friends about the events that have occurred in their life, is still one of my favorite. All my grandparents are deceased now, but I can still tell you word by word about their history. And knowing those events, has kept them alive in me. They are apart of me. I learned respect and appreciation for people. And especially those people that have gone through very hard times and survived it. This Memorial Day,  I am going to accept the call to action to celebrate our veterans by visiting the Georgia War Veterans Nursing in Augusta.  Like the days, I was sitting on my Granny’s porch in Charleston, S.C. ,listening to the stories and  history lessons she and her friends told,  I am going to spend some time listening to the stories of  these veterans, celebrate them and letting them know , their sacrifices won’t be forgotten or ignored.  

What will be your call to action this Memorial Day?

                                                

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