What are you going to do this Memorial Day Weekend? Perhaps someone has asked you that question recently.....I know I have answered and asked that same question many times this week already. Most answers included things like go to the lake, grill, drink beer, play golf, etc. For some reason, the thought crossed my mind......do people know why we celebrate Memorial Day?
Memorial Day is a day we take time to remember all members of the United States armed forces who have been killed in war. So before you head off to the lake, the links, or crack open a cold one with some friends, take some time this weekend to honor our fallen heroes.....real heroes....people who have died fighting for our freedom so we can spend our time thinking about who is the Bills punter of the decade. Some of you history buffs what to know more? This link might help you out. Here is a little teaser.
"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. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I...."
And even though this video was meant to be played for Veteran's Day, it's message is still worth hearing. Personally, it gives me goose bumps.