It’s Memorial Day weekend! While many of us are looking forward to marking the weekend with BBQ’s and camping trips, we would like to take a moment to honor and remember the men and women who have died while serving our country.
But first a history lesson – Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the Civil War to commemorate fallen Union soldiers. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars.
On Memorial Day flags are raised to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
Memorial Day is a time we should be offering our most sincere thoughts and solemn promise to honor the service and sacrifice of those who serve, and to ensure that those who made the ultimate sacrifice did not do so in vain. This is the time to reflect on that while giving room in our hearts for healing and optimism about a future of better tomorrows.
We wish you and your family a wonderful weekend.