If you’re reading this, you are a football fan, but this has nothing to do about football – well, in a roundabout way it does, but I’ll get to that later because the importance of this post is Memorial Day.
We all celebrate this day with time off of work, friends, family, food, and drink. Those are the good things in life we all take for granted. But you know we shouldn’t. We all know a veteran and perhaps many of us know families who have lost members to war … a hole in their lives with which they live daily. Most of us are lucky. We can talk about sports, politics and life without having to deal with a loss like that.
But on this day we can make one small sacrifice and spend time at a cemetery or by attending the local VFW or American Legion post’s Memorial Day ceremony … and take a few moments to remember.
Without the sacrifices of all these men and women we wouldn’t have the freedom to go about our lives – to talk Packers and to talk smack about the Vikings, Bears and Lions.
It’s a small sacrifice to ask … it’s a small sacrifice to make the effort to remember.
We here at Lombardiave.com publicly thank all veterans who have served and will serve. We appreciate your commitment – today and everyday.
Here’s a history of Memorial Day:
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day… While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.
Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 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 30 May 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… It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays)
Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.