Happy Memorial Day dear readers!
The day was originally called Decoration Day because it was the day set aside to place flags and flowers on the graves of those who served our country. However, Memorial Day was officially proclaimed a holiday in May 1868 and at first, the day only commemorated Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War. By 1890, Congress proclaimed that the last Monday in May would honor all Americans who died fighting in any war.
The photo is of my father who was a WWII veteran. He returned safely from Europe, but many of his buddies, did not. Many others have not returned from subsequent conflicts and for their sacrifice, we are a grateful nation. If you see a soldier today, don't forget to say thank you!
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe summer...I'm looking forward to it!