Well here I go and try and write something about Memorial Day in the USA. I am not good at writting and when I do I usually have my wife check to be sure its understandable if you know what I mean.
Memorial Day is usually the last monday in May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to hornor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.
The 30th day of May 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwiseves 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. Let us, then at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains, and garlad the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime, let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved, let us in solemn presence renew our pledge to aid and assit those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon the Nation's gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.
Many people observe this holiday by visting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Another tradition is to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. In many cemeteries groups place flags on the war gravesites. I was one of these people when I was younger to place the flags. In addition to remembance, Memorial Day is also used as a time for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, and sporting events. The one that comes to my mind is the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.
I would like to take this time to "THANK' all the the Military men and women of all the Wars that there have been and say a prayer. One of these such war members is SSG Daniel Lasko, SSG William Claus ho are friends of mine on this web site and other sites. There are alot more military members out there that are hereo's but these are to two that came to me as I was writing this blog.
Well this is all for now if you go to www.usmemorialday.org, you can find out alot more on the history of Memorial Day and others.
If you see or know of a Military friend give him/her a BIG hug and say THANK YOU for keeping us FREE.
God Bless a America,
Bob Allard/ ret. U.S. Air Force Reserves