Every year Americans gather at the nearest watering hole to celebrate the extended weekend resulting from Memorial Day. While enjoying our fun in the sun it is important that we all take a moment to remember the many, many, heroic individuals who have died while in the military service.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and observed on May 30th. Officially proclaimed, by General John Logan on May 5th 1868, Decoration Day was meant to commemorate the soldiers killed as a result of fighting in the Civil War. The National Holiday was later adapted to memorialize all American Soldiers who have perished in combat. During this transition Decoration Day was renamed to Memorial Day and observance was moved from May 30th to the last Monday in May.
Whether these Heroic Men and Women where part of a conflict we, individually, believed in or not it is important to remember that they gave their lives protecting the freedoms all Americans enjoy on a daily basis. If it were not for brave Americans stepping forward to fight in what they believe is right, we would not have the luxury of living in the greatest nation on Earth.