On Memorial Day, May 25, Take the Time to Remember

american flags planted on rows and rows of military headstones

We must remember that it can be important for younger generations to hear and
honor the stories from previous generations in order to understand the horrors of
war and the wonders of peace.

Historically, Memorial Day started in 1868, when a division of the Grand Army of the Republic demanded that their commander, General John A. Logan, adorn the graves of their fallen war compatriots with flowers. It was an event that prompted recognition of the Union soldiers who died in the American Civil War.

Many people assume Memorial Day to be the same as Veterans Day, however Memorial Day is a day to honor military men and women who died while serving and defending our country, and Veterans Day is a day to recognize the veterans who served in the military.

If possible, take time this Memorial Day to call, text, or video chat with a loved one who served, or a loved one who may have lost someone special that served. Ask them to share their stories and reminisce. Listen and learn from their history. Be sure to let them know how much they are valued and appreciated.