Today we celebrate Memorial Day. Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War. The tradition of celebrating Memorial Day has taken on new customs but the main thread still remains. Memorial Day is a time to honor all those who have died in all of America’s wars and now bears the honor of a national holiday throughout the United States.
Last night I watched the National Memorial Day Celebration and found it very moving. Stories were shared, artists sung in tribute and veterans from all wars were honored. It was a real celebration of all that our men and women have given in service to our country. May we always remember and pay tribute to these men and women who gave their all so that we may enjoy our freedom. Happy Memorial Day!
Pat Schifini, OSU