Monday, May 29, is Memorial Day and we should reflect on the heroic service of our men and women in uniform who have dedicated their lives to protecting our liberties and freedoms. We must never forget the cost of war and cherish those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The first tributes to fallen soldiers can be traced to around 1866 following the Civil War. A group of women decorated the graves of Confederate soldiers, as well as the neglected graves of Union soldiers. In 1868, Decoration Day was formally established with a large observance at Arlington National Cemetery. Decoration Day became Memorial Day in 1971 and is recognized on the last Monday in May.
Please take a moment to give a most respectful remembrance for all the men and women of the United States military who sacrificed their lives throughout our nation's history. Our Nation is indeed the home of the free because of these brave men and women, and we should never forget that.
May your Memorial Day have special meaning this year.