Here in the U.S. today, the last Monday of May,
we celebrate what is now known as Memorial Day.
First known as Decoration Day after the
American Civil War in 1868,
when the organization of Union veterans of the
Grand Army of the Republic
established it as
a time for the nation
to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.
After that century,
competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions
celebrated on different days, but merged,
with Memorial Day eventually
to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
Thank you to all who have sacrificed their life for this great country in which we live.
I hope everyone has a safe and wonderfully relaxing day spent doing something you enjoy with those you love.