Immediately after the end of the Civil War, there were many local ceremonies honoring slain soldiers. A fraternal organization for surviving soldiers of the Union Army designated May 30, 1868, for placing flowers (decorating) on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Decoration Day was born. Eventually the day was broadened to honor the fallen of all the armed services.
In 1915, Moina Michael wrote:
In 1971, the U.S. Congress changed the date of Memorial Day to the last Monday in May, coupling the day to a weekend. That changed everything. No longer a day only for remembering fallen soldiers, it is now a weekend signalling the start of summer and the many days of play sure to follow. Memorial Day has been secularized. I wish Congress would decouple Memorial Day from weekends, and restore Decoration Day to May 30.
Today, I ask my American readers to spend some time in remembrance of those who have fallen in military service to the country, and to reflect on the significance of their sacrifice.
Debit and credit – – David Albrecht