Meaning Behind Memorial Day
As we approach Memorial Day. We ask you to pause and remember the true meaning of the holiday.
Memorial Day was first widely observed in May 1868. The celebration commemorated the sacrifices of the Civil War and the proclamation was made by General John A Logan.
Following the proclamation, participants decorated graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.
In years since World War I, the day has become a celebration of honor for those who died in all of America’s wars, as well as those who are Veterans and current members of the US military.
In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday.
Our thoughts, prayers and thanks go out to the families of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.