For the past 6-1/2 years, I have written essays about a lot of things; But of all the subjects that I have written in each essay that I write, none is as more important as Memorial Day, a day in which we honor the men and women in the Armed Forces-You know, those who are in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Coast Guard, who have sacrificed their lives for our country so that all of us could very well be free.
Memorial Day was first observed as “Decoration Day” on May the 5th, 1868, by General John A. Logan, who had issued a proclamation calling for it to be observed annually and nationwide, and with that proclamation, he had adopted the Memorial Day practice that began in the Southern states three years earlier. And then, the very first Memorial Day was held on May the 30th, 1868; According to one author, the reason that the date was chosen was because it was not the anniversary of any particular battle, while according to a 2010 White House address, the date had been chosen as the optimal date for flowers to be in bloom in the North.
Memorial Day has since been honored every year, and we have been so very grateful for those brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives to protect our country and the very freedoms that we enjoy so very much…
But, as I have often stated in past Memorial Day essays on this blog, I have also included this fact that there are other people who just simply forget about the holiday and instead treat it as a three-day weekend in which someone has officially called it “The Unofficial Start of Summer”; In actuality, NO: It does not officially begin summer-Summer starts on June 21st, 2019! Summer does not, and in my opinion, would not ever begin with a weekend that is supposed to be about our Armed Forces who died for our country, for the very freedoms that we enjoy so very much. Why would one celebrate what they think is the unofficial start of summer and to not ever think about each and every man and woman who have served in the Armed Forces then, and are serving in the Armed Forces now, who have paid the ultimate price to protect this great country of ours, namely the United States of America?
My dear friends, it is very well time to stop thinking about mistaking Memorial Day as an end to a 3-day weekend in which one thinks it is the unofficial start of summer; Do you REALLY want to know why we should always celebrate Memorial Day every year? It is because we live in a country that is free, and in order for a country to be free, we have to have men and women such as those who are in the Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Coast Guard; The Armed Forces have been designed to protect our country by fighting enemy foes, but they could not ever do so without paying the price, and that is the price of their lives.
But they have paid the ultimate price of their lives, and we can be grateful that they have done so that we shall live in that free country called America. And in order to be grateful for those men and women who gave their lives for our great land, we need to honor those heroes; So that is the case as to why we have, and that we should always have, a holiday that is so very much important as Memorial Day.
And so, I shall be ordering this for the very last time as a WordPress blogger: On this coming Memorial Day weekend, please, please do not ever think of it as a 3-day holiday weekend that unofficially starts summer; Rather, please, please, stop, pause, and remember those brave heroes of the Armed Forces who have made the most ultimate sacrifice for our country. And when you have the chance, please teach this very important holiday to your children, your grandchildren, and school students who so desperately needed to hear this important story of this very important holiday.
May the Lord God bless the families of those men and women who have been killed in battle and may the Lord God bless the Armed Forces of today. May the Lord God bless each and every one of them all.