Happy Memorial Day, SEers! Today’s post will be brief, as you’re likely unwinding with family and friends, at least those of you in the States. For our friends elsewhere, I hope your day is equally enjoyable.
Although this holiday inspires thoughts of plump hot dogs and juicy hamburgers on the grill, let’s not forget it was originally envisioned as a time to reflect on those who gave their lives in the service of our country.
“In memory of many, in honor of all.”
What a powerful message in so few words!
Originally called Decoration Day, the holiday was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery. Our nation was struggling to heal after the Civil War, and by “decorating” the graves of the fallen with flowers, it was a way to honor those who had perished and keep their memories alive. It wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial Day became an official federal holiday.
May your time be blessed with family, friends, and fun. We are eternally grateful and indebted to those who lost their lives in the service of our country—and to those who protect us today—so that we may enjoy such freedoms. Wishing all of you a safe and treasured holiday.