May is for Memorial Day

May, a month of blooming flowers and warmer days holds a somber and important place in our hearts as we mark Memorial Day. This day’s origins lie in the years following the Civil War when communities began honoring fallen soldiers. Originally called Decoration Day, individuals would adorn the graves of their lost loved ones with flowers. In 1868, General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic formalized this act of remembrance as a nationwide event. Over time, Memorial Day’s significance expanded to honor those who have died while serving the United States in all wars. It remains a day for solemn reflection and gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice made by countless brave men and women.

Of course, Memorial Day also signals a long weekend, a day off for many, and the unofficial start of summer! So gather with loved ones for barbecues, take advantage of the retail sales, and enjoy the freedoms made possible by the sacrifices we honor.

Image by Chad Madden

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