Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans — established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
Today I encourage you to remember those who have fallen in service to our country. If you are able, I encourage you to find a local Memorial Day service. If you are here in Augusta County, there is a beautiful service held at the Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand. It starts at 10 AM and features the music of the Stonewall Jackson Brigade Band.
Remember those who have fallen in service to our country and especially pray for those who are missing a loved one as a result.