Memorial Day officially marks the beginning of summer as we fire up the grill and enjoy time together. Many of us are celebrating graduations, picnicking and planning vacations. It’s a time to revel in the sun and just feel good.
The three-day weekend brings out a lot of excitement, but it’s also time to remember the true meaning of the holiday. It’s a special day to mourn the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives defending this country. We’re reminded of the tremendous price Americans paid throughout history to preserve our democracy, our values and our way of life.
Memorial Day began as Decoration Day in the 1800s, a time to honor those who died in the Civil War. People celebrated by decorating the graves of the fallen. General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) designated May 30 as a day “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.”1
Originally, only soldiers who had died in the Civil War were honored. The first observance of the holiday after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina on May 1, 1865.2 After WWI, the holiday extended honor to all Americans who have died while in military service. Their ultimate sacrifice is the reason for the freedoms we have today. We must not take those for granted.
Harry S. Truman said, “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” No, we will never forget, and we can still make a difference by proudly supporting our veterans.
PURE invites you to give back with a simple dollar donation. A dollar might not seem like much, but it’s life changing to a veteran. As you prepare those hot dogs and hamburgers, take just a moment to visit livepure.com/giveback to support the Disabled American Veterans organization, American veterans and their families. They were there for you, be there for them.
Remember our heroes! They never die; they live in our memories!
Happy Memorial Day!