In the United States, Memorial Day is set aside to remember the fallen warriors who did not return home to their loved ones.
A day of memorial for the fallen goes back centuries and crosses cultural boundaries. It’s a time to remember what unites us. That an everyday citizen would sacrifice their life so that we might live in freedom.
Too many citizens have no connection to the armed services and, I think, it’s a shame. When disaster strikes around the world and at home, soldiers are deployed to assist in the rescue and retrieval.
So this Memorial Day, in between the barbeque and the beers and watching kids play in the pool, take the time to stop what you’re doing at 3pm on Monday. At the very least, remember the fallen, and consider the words of General John Logan, General Order No. 11, on May 5, 1868:
“We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security, is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or the coming generations, that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided Republic. If other eyes grow dull, and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remains to us.”