The last Monday in May, Memorial Day 2018, is the day we honor the men and women of the Armed Forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.
Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.
Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead.
It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “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.
– Quoted from MemorialDay.org
After World War I, the day was reimagined to honor the dead from all wars.
And while we will never forget those who died fighting for our freedom, FUAN feels it's also important to support the soldiers, both here and abroad, who are still defending us every day.
Last November, for Veteran's Day, we published a post called To Our Honored Veterans. In that article, we highlighted the some of the problems facing returning veterans. Problems like suicide, divorce, custody and more issues military families often face. We hope you'll take an extra moment to reread the article.
If you know a veteran who is struggling, offer your help. You never know what it could mean to them.
Meanwhile on this Memorial Day 2018, please remember The National Moment of Remembrance. At 3 p.m. local time, all Americans are asked: “to voluntarily and informally observe in their own way, a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.”