- Published: May 22 2014 May 22 2014
I hope this finds you well and healthy & heading into a great weekend! It should be a nice one – even if it rains … WE NEED IT!!!
Monday is Memorial Day, the day we set aside to honor our men & women soldiers that have died in service to the country. Please take the time to thank a current soldier, a past soldier and certainly thank a “new” soldier going off to bootcamp to face military life and train to defend the country.
These should be the “heros” we want to emulate & follow their stats – not the “Johnny football’s” out there who play a freaking game and expect the world to bow at their feet because of it. A lot of you guys and a few of you gals can rattle off all kinds of sport stats … and I guess that’s cool if that’s what you’re into, but I’ll make a bet with any of you that your favorite “sport hero” couldn’t last one day of the Army’s Best Ranger competition held every year. Look it up, it makes the NFL combine look like a kids backyard picnic.
We as a society put way too much emphasis on things that don’t matter a single bit to the vast majority of us – salary caps & the dumb minutia of NFL, NBA, NHL … movie stars and music stars discovered on YouTube … the “V. Stiviano’s” of the world that are just leeches on someone else’s back, no matter how “leechy” the backs they’re hanging onto are.
Let’s get back to giving honor, praise, TV time, our time, talk about, share stories of, create a positive energy with the things that really matter in life. This holiday do all the above for & with a soldier. They’re the ones out there putting their butt’s on the line so we can enjoy the junk that really doesn’t matter … it’s a crazy circle when you look at it like that, just please give time to the reason for the holiday.
Here’s a little history of Memorial Day for y’all that dig history, from The History Channel.
On May 5, 1862, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “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 during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Many Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.
Evolution of Memorial Day
Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.
For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
Memorial Day Traditions
Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a less somber note, many people throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.
National Moment of Remembrance
In December 2000, "The National Moment of Remembrance Act" was passed and made into a law so that sacrifices and contributions of the dead soldiers are never forgotten. This law encourages citizens to observe silence on the Memorial Day at the strike of 3 in the afternoon.
See ya at the gym & God Bless America