“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”
~ General John A. Logan ~
Proclaimed on May 5, 1868
This year, we will mark Memorial Day, on May 25, the last Monday of May. The original date for Decoration Day, the holiday which has evolved into Memorial Day, was initially chosen because it was not the anniversary of any major conflict, during the American Civil War; it was the dead of the Civil War, which Decoration Day was meant to honor.
I know for so many, things not only feel different this year, but actually are different. Most likely, however you have normally marked this day, this year will not be the same; there will not be a family cookout or Memorial Day parade.
We are living in sober times, whether we are trying to adjust to the “new normal” or still practicing social distance, not wanting to add to the problem. Never-the-less, it matters that we stop and remember those who have died, in service to our country. Also, we should say thank you, to those who have and continue to serve in the military, insuring that when these very dark days do come to an end, our nation is still standing. Thank you!
I share with you photos taken before quarantine, in Key West, Florida.