Today is Memorial Day, Decoration Day, as ordered by General Logan. A day set aside to honor the Civil War dead, a war that killed more Americans than all other wars combined......
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 and during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.
Today it is fitting that we honor our war dead. It is also fitting that we, as a people, who ask our young to fight and die, take a hard look at the reasons we do so and our seemingly open ended commitments that span the entire globe.