Memorial Day

Dear All,

As you observe Memorial Day today, maybe with picnics, cookouts, or time with family and friends, please take time to remember why we observe this holiday – to honor the memory of all the service men and women who have died protecting our nation and defending our liberty.  These are the true heroes in our nation, the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  Take a few moments to think about how fortunate we are to have had these brave individuals protect us and our nation.

Also, to all the veterans, active service men and women, and their families – thank you for your service to our great country!

History has always been a keen interest of mine, and there are a couple of things I would like to share about today with you.  General John Logan called for May 30th in 1868 as a Nationwide Day of Remembrance.  This was first called “Decoration Day” in which people would put flowers on the graves of those who lost their lives in the Civil War and say prayers.  He selected May 30th because it did not fall on the anniversary of any Civil War Battle.  After World War I it was decided to recognize all those who lost their lives in any war.  In 1971 it became an official Federal Holiday and moved to the last Monday in May to make it a three day weekend.

Perhaps you are like me who remembers stories from your parents or grandparents of picking flowers from their yard (especially peonies – our State flower) and taking them to decorate the graves of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our Country.  While some of those traditions may not be carried on to the degree they once were, these are part of our history and past that should be remembered.

I have attached the lyrics to two of my favorite patriotic songs (poems).  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.  They were written long ago, have survived the test of time, and have so much meaning and beauty.

Have a great day!  The weather looks beautiful.


Janice McHenry

City-County Councillor District 6

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