My husband, David, feels strongly about Memorial Day being reserved for those who died in the service of our country and Veteran’s Day being a time to honor all veterans who have served. I can understand this. I respect his belief of Memorial Day remaining, as it was initially intended, a day specifically for those who gave their lives: a tremendous sacrifice.
Yet, I can be flexible on this particular issue. It doesn’t bother me if people use this holiday to honor and remember the other sacrifices that are perhaps not as extreme as death. The blog below moves me to remember those fallen soldiers who may have been considered “the enemy” by some….and all the families who lost loved ones, on both sides.
In The Huffington Post blog below, Bishop James Magness writes that “One of the first Memorial Day proclamations was made in 1868 by General John Logan, who was serving as Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.” He then goes on to write, “This began the tradition of placing flowers on the graves of all the Union and Confederate service members at Arlington National Cemetery.”
What do you think? Should Memorial Day be reserved to honor only those who gave their lives for our country?