Memorial Day. A time when folks (usually) get the day off of work and often times get together with family for barbeques and picnics. It is the unofficial start of the summer season when we cast away the gloom of winter, pools open and we can go outside in t-shirts and flip flops.
We often don't think of the reason for the holiday.
Memorial Day, previously known as Decoration Day, was established shortly after the American Civil War. A Veterans Organization began the day as time for Americans to decorate the graves of Soldiers lost during that terrible conflict. After the end of the First World War, Memorial day was expanded to include those who have died in all American Wars.
They fell in New Jersey after crossing the Delaware River and while defending the Nations capitol as the British burned it to the ground. They slaughtered each other in farmers fields from Pennsylvania to Texas and were laid low in Montana, Cuba, and the Philippines. They were shelled and gassed in putrid, rotting trenches in France and Belgium and then went back again to Normandy, Anzio, Iwo Jima, and Midway. In the Frigid mountains of Korea and the steaming jungles of Vietnam. Serbia, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. From Lexington and Concord To Kabul and Baghdad, over a million Americans have given their lives in service of this country.
It is because of them we have this day to spend with our families. It is for them that we should all pause, as we sit down to eat our burgers and hotdogs, or relax in the beautiful spring sun, or even just use an extra day to get things done around the house, pause and remember the enormous sacrifice that our fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Air and Coast Guardsmen have made. Remember that today there are Mothers and Fathers, Wives and Husbands, Sons and Daughters who's loved ones returned home to the sound of taps.
For some here, it may be that you are intimately familiar with welcoming your loved ones home from war, draped with a flag. For others, it may have been that we said goodbye as that precious cargo was loaded up and sent home that way.
So, in ending, I would like to say thank you. To everyone who has had to hang a gold star on the window, to our Service Members past and present, and especially to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Enjoy your day, Rocky Mountain Gardening Friends, its looking like we may get to dry out here in Denver today, so, above all else, everyone enjoy your day, and have a very happy Memorial Day.