Memorial Day May 31, 2021
May 31, 2021
Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War, which claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country's first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.
Now a holiday to remember all those lost to us in war, Memorial Day touches that place of grief we all feel with the death of those we love. After a year of great loss in our land, we are united in grief and thanksgiving for the lives of those taken from this earth too soon. We honor their lives, and this day and every day, we remember them.