Today, we remember all of those who died in service of the United States of America. It is a day of reflection and a day of hope. It is a day in which we say, “Because of your sacrifice, we are free.” It is a commitment to continue on so that their deaths are not in vain.
Actually borne out of the Civil War, a time when our country was nearly torn apart, General John Logan proclaimed May 30, 1868 a day for strewing flowers and decorating the graves of those who died in defense of the United States. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. It wasn’t until after WWI, that it was observed in every state on the last Monday in May.
When I think of the enormity of war and the sacrifice of losing a loved one for freedom, it humbles me. Every man and woman who has perished in defense of our great country deserves our respect, remembrance, highest regard.
Take the time today to appreciate the life you have here in United States. Pray for the families of those through out history who lost loved ones for our benefit. Participate in the remembrance of those who died for us. Reflect on their lives, their sacrifice, their service, and their loyalty to our country.