Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Every so often, Monday of the CONgressionally mandated three-day weekend that is designated as Memorial Day Weekend, falls on traditional Memorial Day. It was once known as Decoration Day, and originally was set aside to honor Civil War dead.
As ordered by General Logan.....
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.
It is altogether fitting that we honor those who have given their lives in service to the country. It is also fitting that we, as a people, reflect on the nature and purpose of our wars and conflicts. If for no other reason than the cold, brutal, reality that some will come home in flag draped coffins.
Photo Credit: USMC