Memorial Day, or what was once known as Decoration Day, is a time to demonstrate gratitude for the ones who fell in battle while serving the United States of America.
Originating from the Civil War, Decoration Day was based upon the idea that people would honor fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers.
General John Logan, who was the national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, officially proclaimed May 5, 1868, Decoration Day.
Several of my family members served in wars. Thankfully, they all returned alive. However, many who served did not make it back home to their loved ones.
“The total number of Americans killed in all U.S. wars is more than 1.1 million.”1 And each one of them is owed a deep sense of gratitude for their selfless contributions. Now we may not know their names, but we know they fought and died for the greater good of this country.
I have seen many movies and documentaries on wars that depict what it was like to put one’s life on the line in battle, to ensure freedom and equality for the citizens of this country. And though difficult to watch at times and even harder to believe that men and women experienced such horrific ordeals I am reminded to be grateful, very grateful for the courage, tenacity, and loyalty that our fallen soldiers have demonstrated.
I’d like to believe that before we fire up our grills, open the pools, put the beverages on ice, and begin our summer season, we remember to express our deepest thanks to those who sacrificed their lives so we could enjoy the BBQs, the lazy days of summer, the swimming and traveling, the days out of school, and all the other days we are blessed to experience freely in these United States of America.
With gratitude to all our fallen heroes, never forgotten, who gave up their precious lives for this great country!
War Movies Based on True to Life or Actual Events;
Full Metal Jacket
The Great Escape
The Enemy at the Gates
We Were Soldiers
1 Crigger, Megan, and Laura Santhanam. “How many Americans have died in U.S. wars?: PBS. Public Broadcasting Service, n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2017. <http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/many-americans-died-u-s-wars/>.