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Memorial Day, 2011



What is the real meaning of Memorial Day?  

If you look at the history of Memorial Day you will see that it was a day of remembrance for those who died in our nation’s service. No one is really sure who exactly came up with the concept but it dates back to the Civil War, when organized groups of women placed flowers on the graves of those who died in battle. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No.11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. Today, it is celebrated in every state on the last Monday in May as passed by Congress (National Holiday Act of 1971). 

It is sad to admit that we have not done a better job of educating our young ones as to the real reason this holiday came to be. Today, Memorial Day Weekend is a three day weekend to go the lake and party, or for department stores to advertise big sales events. We need to get back to recognizing those who gave their lives for this great nation. 

On Monday, May 30, 2011, please remember all of those men and women who have died serving our country in all wars since the Civil War. I would also encourage you to remember all of those who have died protecting our country here at home, the First Responders (Police, Fire and EMS Workers) who have died in the line of duty. This includes the 343 members of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) who gave their lives on the morning of September 11, 2001.   

Take a few moments Monday and call someone you know who serves in one of the branches of our Armed Services and let them know how much it means to your freedom for them serving our country.  Be safe and enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend.

God Bless Our Troops. God Bless America.

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