26th day of May we celebrate Memorial Day. Although I haven’t
been around forever, I certainly can’t remember our Country
showing any more patriotism than now.
Day was originally called Decoration Day in remembrance of those
who died in our nation’s service. Although President Johnson
officially declared Waterloo, NY the birthplace of this holiday,
there are several stories as to its actual beginnings. Over two-dozen
cities and towns laid claim to being its birthplace.
John Logan, who was the national commander of the Grand Army of
the Republic, officially proclaimed Memorial Day on May 5, 1868.
It was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were place on
the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National
where it originated, I feel it’s important to teach our children
the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. And of course, what
better way to learn than by reading a great book about the subject?
Day, by author Robin Nelson. It’s a simple, 23-page
introduction about how and why we celebrate this holiday, or
Get Ready for Memorial Day, by author Lloyd G. Douglas.
of Memorial Day is one that should never be forgotten. It’s
up to our children and us to maintain this heritage for future generations.
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