Today I want to thank all who have given their life in defense of this country. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten.
On May 5, 1868 General John Logan, the National Commander of the US Army, issued General Order No. 11 which stated that every May 30th would be the observation of Decoration Day, a day in which the country would remember those who have died in our country’s service. In 1882 it was officially named Memorial Day and in 1971 it was changed to a floating holiday to give a 3-day weekend, which many veterans and politicians feel dilutes the significance of the day from a day of remembrance to what many people see it as now just a long weekend with beer and BBQ.
I am dedicating this post to my brother who just retired after 20 years in the Army. He made it through some trying deployments in those 20 years but his 3 tours in Iraq were the most difficult on my mother and we are all happy that he is home for good now.