MEMORIAL DAY was originally called Decoration Day – which is a day set aside for remembrance of those that have died in our nations service.
The traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans today have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades, including my own city.
Some of my fondest memories of my dad was when he marched in these parades and during one parade when we lived in Trenton, NJ he was chosen to carry the American Flag. Through his own experiences he knew that sacrifice many of his friends had made. We grew up being taught the respect and tradition of Memorial Day.
This Memorial Day let us all remember the sacrifices of the men and women who did not return home, who are not only buried in our cemeteries but are also still buried overseas in graves in Belgium, Normandy, Iwo Jima, Korea, and the jungles of Vietnam. To today to our current heroes in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Let us not forget those who fought for what they believed in from Bull Run to Gettysburg to the last days of the Civil War as the brave General Robert E Lee surrendered his troops to General Ulysses S. Grant. And to those brave young men and women who fought in the Revolutionary War to start a new nation.
We salute you and will never forget.