Many people think of Memorial Day as a celebratory three day weekend of picnics (and, sometimes, fireworks), parades, and the unofficial start to the summer season.
Did you know?
~ Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, began after the Civil War (1864) by women who placed flowers on the graves of loved ones who died in the war.
~ Over 600,000 died during the Civil War which means that nearly everyone knew someone who had died fighting.
~ Originally, Memorial Day was on May 30th.
~ In 1971, it was moved to the last Monday in May and now includes those who have fallen in all wars.
~ In 2000, President Bill Clinton established a moment of silence at 3 pm. to remember and reflect on the sacrifices of our military personal in order to provide freedom for all.
Now, no matter what your beliefs and points of view, Memorial Day is a day of remembering, honoring, and reflecting on young women and men who have chosen to be in our military and have lost their lives while in service.
Today’s meditation is in honor of all soldiers who have fallen in war.