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We enjoyed a delicious cookout with our daughter, son-in-law and family on Saturday evening and that was our basic Memorial Day observance, since Mr. T is working today.
From what I have read of history, this day got its start after the Civil War in April 1866 when a small group of young women decorated the graves of their lost loved ones at a cemetery near Columbus, Mississippi. Both Union and Confederate soldiers who died at the Battle of Shiloh are buried here, and these young women, after tending the graves of the Confederate soldiers, walked over and scattered magnolia blossoms on the Union graves as well.
News of their compassionate act spread quickly -- imagine that! Without radio, television, the internet, or social media! -- and soon Decoration Day, as it was then called, became an important American holiday. Today, Memorial Day, celebrated on the last Monday in May, is a day to honor all who have died in service to our country. Here in New Hampshire, we often take some time on this day to visit our cemeteries, taking plants or silk flowers, or even a jar of lilacs, to decorate the graves of our loved ones.
So enjoy the day with your family and friends, with parades, picnics, cookouts, or whatever other activities you may have planned, but take a moment sometime today, and remember the brave men and women who gave their all so that we could be free. If you have young children, take time to remind them of what this holiday is really all about. And don't forget to pray for those equally brave men and women who are serving our country in difficult places right now.
|This lovely photo is also by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings.|