by Brenda Wakefield, MS, LMT, LMTI, CEP
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, dates back to 1868 to a proclamation by General John Logan, Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, borne out of the Civil War to honor those who died in service to their country. Later it was officially observed by New York State in 1873. Then the northern states recognized it by 1890.
The southern states came on board after World War I to honor all fallen in any war. Armed conflict involving the United States has taken volunteers and those drafted (1948-1973) to serve and protect their nation. As tradition continues, many are remembered this Memorial Day and National Cemeteries will adorned graves with flowers and wreaths in honor of loved ones who are gone but not forgotten. Daily reminders such as an empty spot at the dinner table, a photo, a smell, a holiday, a song – and so much more trigger the memory of what once was.
Military members are a special group of citizens who dedicate a part of their life to give the gift of freedom to a nation. Freedom is not free and the memories of those we have lost are precious. The average citizen will never experience or understand the sacrifices associated with men and women in uniform. Military travel, relationships, skills, education and more are very different from staying in one location an entire lifetime or even going away for college or moving away for a job. The road is not at all glamorous – with wars and turmoil, family separation, and missed moments of daily life, but because they chose to take that road the Unites States of America is by far the greatest country.
A huge thank you to all who took the oath and stood to protect the flag for a nation to live free. On a personal note, I love the 20 years, 3 months and 17 days of my service in the United States Air Force. It was a choice and honor never to be taken for granted. Proud of the privilege to stand among the elite of the nation from all branches of the military. In honor of those who died in service to our country, visit a National Cemetery and be thankful for the freedom enjoyed each day.
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