Americans pause to celebrate Memorial Day

Below are words I penned five years ago, still new to writing and long, long before the Global Dispatch was even a notion rolling around in my mind. Today is a day of pause indeed and beyond the celebrations, pomp and circumstance is the stark reality of incredible sacrifice. Let us new forget that.

Thousands of events and a few parades are scheduled all over America for Memorial Day. Honoring our fallen soldiers (and those serving in the military) has succumb to backyard barbecues or visiting with families, but many Americans still mourn fallen soldiers.

Names of Vietnam veterans at Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.  photo Hu Totya via wikipedia

Names of Vietnam veterans at Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
photo Hu Totya via wikipedia

The last Monday in May is now a Federal holiday and formerly called Decoration Day. Visiting the grave sites of lost soldiers and decorating soldiers’ graves had become widespread during the Civil War. According to Wikipedia: in the North “there were events in 183 cemeteries in 27 states in 1868, and 336 in 1869.”

Federal Law in 1968 officially deemed the national holiday Memorial Day, unofficially beginning summer as businesses close and workers have a long, three-day weekend.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868. Flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Traditional observance of Memorial Day has faded over the years. Many Americans have forgotten its meaning and traditions, failing to visit the graves of the fallen. Some national debate has fueled a divide between the “unpatriotic” and those who honor the tradition.

So, as Americans gather to watch auto races, light up the barbecue or even drink a beer, hopefully Americans will find some common ground to honor the sacrifices of the fallen soldiers who have made America such a great nation.

Alexandria National Cemetery in Virginia photo via http://www.cem.va.gov/

Alexandria National Cemetery in Virginia photo via http://www.cem.va.gov/

About the author:

Brandon detoured from pursuing a degree in history but never lost his love of knowledge embracing the famous George Santayana quote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Brandon began writing professionally with the National Comic Book Examiner, the Tampa Bay Comic Book Examiner as well as the National American history Examiner.

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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