I’m taking a break from Mythical Monday today to celebrate the holiday. Although Memorial Day naturally inspires thoughts of plump hotdogs and juicy hamburgers on the grill and the fun of gathering with family, it’s primarily a time to reflect on those who have given their lives in the service of our country.
Originally called Decoration Day, the holiday was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery. Our nation was struggling to heal after the Civil War, and by “decorating” the graves of the fallen with flowers, it was a way to honor those who had perished and keep their memories alive. It wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial Day became an official federal holiday.
In memory of the many brave men and women who have protected our nation through the course of history, may your holiday be blessed with family, friends and fun. If the forecast holds in my area, the day should be mostly sunny and mild, perfect for a cookout and outdoor leisure. I’m eternally grateful and indebted to those who lost their lives in the service of our country so I can safely enjoy such freedoms
Happy Memorial Day! I hope to see you next Monday when Mythical Monday returns along with all its inherent weirdness. 🙂