Those of us at the Sacramento Citizen would like to recognize and thank those brave souls who have given their lives for the cause of freedom.
At the very first official Memorial Day, held in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery, Union general John A. Logan said the day was “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country.” With those words, the thousands of spectators who had gathered that day spread out across the then-much-smaller cemetery to do just that.
For many Americans, Memorial Day marks little more than the start of summer. It’s a day off to mow the lawn, go to the pool or grill in the back yard with family and friends.
But it’s no holiday for America’s best. Memorial Day will find our troops fighting terrorists and other enemies of freedom around the globe. Therefore on May 25, let us take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices that members of our military make every day. The Department of Veterans Affairs maintains 128 national cemeteries in 39 states. Visit this link to find a cemetery in your state. Leave a flower on the grave of a soldier known or unknown to you. Take your children and explain the meaning behind this important national holiday.
On this day, we express our gratitude to those who have served or are currently serving in our Armed Forces. Your commitment and sacrifice for our country is more than appreciated, it is revered. Because so many have given so much, the United States faces a bright future of freedom and prosperity.
God bless you!