Why It Isn’t Veterans Day

Why It Isn’t Veterans Day

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 12 comments

This Memorial Day Weekend we wanted to share with you some background on what we feel is one of the most important holidays of the year.  We need to begin by noting that we’re excited as you are about the unofficial kick-off to summer.  We’re lucky to live and work in one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the world where Memorial Day Weekend signifies an unofficial start to the summer season.  The bunting is up, BBQs abound, beach days begin, and the scent of bonfires fills the air.

And while Americans enjoy this celebratory weekend, it’s important that we all take time to recognize the true meaning – a meaning that is specific to offering recognition and remembrance to those who died while serving in the US Armed Forces.

Different from Veterans Day (celebrated November 11), Memorial Day is always celebrated the last Monday in May, and is a nationally recognized holiday specifically paying tribute to those who died serving in the United States Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, Army, and Air Force.

The history of Memorial Day began on May 5, 1868, three years after the Civil War had ended when the head of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) established “Decoration Day” as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Civil War dead with flowers.  Major General John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30, a date rumored to be chosen because it was late enough that flowers be in bloom and available throughout the country.  By the 20th century, “Memorial Day” eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.  The National Holiday Act, passed by Congress in 1971, made the date an official holiday.

So while each and every day should offer an opportunity to thank a living veteran who has dedicated their time to preserving our freedoms, this Memorial Day please remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice recognizing that “while all gave some, some gave all”.  Our thoughts go out not only to those who died serving, but those who lost loved ones.

Thanks for reading.  From your friends here in Downtown Good Hart, we wish you a very safe and celebratory Memorial Day Weekend.  God Bless America.

Sources: United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Wikipedia

Memorial Day Weekend at St. Ignatius in Good Hart

Trillium surround the graves of fallen soldiers at the St. Ignatius Burial Ground in Good Hart.

    12 Comments

  1. thank you so much for writing this

    • You are very welcome. Come out and visit us soon. 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for this blog a lot of people think it’s just another party day and it’s not. God bless all our military men women even our military dogs!

    • Yes, God Bless the working canines. Thank you Sharlene!

  3. So well said , as always, and the perfect reminder as to exactly what this day is about and as to how our country became the great nation that it is. Thank you!!!! Cannot wait to meet you Maggie

    • Thanks Barb!!

  4. Thank you Maggie for sharing such beautiful thots from the most beautiful part of the USA.

    • Carol, thanks. We think it’s pretty beautiful here.

  5. Thank you for sharing this important message. I agree that we all need to know and remember to remember. I also enjoy and appreciate all your messages and the positive point of view they provide. Sure hope I can get to Good Hart this summer.

    • Connie, everyone here has told me nothing but wonderful things about the Qualmans. It’s time you both visit soon so that we can meet. See you soon. Hello to Al. 🙂

  6. On Memorial Day,
    My husband Tom and
    I read letters that my
    Dad, who fought in
    the war, sent home to
    my grandparents from where he was
    stationed. In one letter, dad said he got “scratched up” a
    bit, but said he was 0K. It was probably
    much more than a
    Scratch, but didn’t
    want to alarm anyone. Amongst
    his awards is the
    Purple Heart.

    • Thank you for sharing Carla and thank you to your dad. See you soon.

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