Today is Memorial Day.
It was established after the Civil War in remembrance of all Americans, North and South, who perished in battle. After WWI, it was expanded to remember all Americans who have died in all wars.
Initially it was called Decoration Day.
People visited cemeteries and decorated graves of servicemen and women, and other loved ones who have passed.
It was a solemn occasion.
As with many other things, we forget our history.
Now, we hear newscasters signing-off for the long weekend with a hearty, “Happy Memorial Day!”
Many who were not raised with the custom of solemnity, think of it as the Summer bookend, with Labor Day at the other end.
Picnics, family get-togethers, barbecues, parties.
While you’re munching your grilled cheeseburger, please take a moment to remember.
God Bless The United States of America, and all who have died for her.