Monday, May 25, 2009
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. It was established shortly after the Civil War to honor those soldiers who gave their lives in that great American tragedy. In the early 1960's the U.S. Congress officially renamed the day Memorial Day and expanded it to include those who gave their lives in ALL wars. Many people confuse it with Veteran's Day which honors all people who have served their country. People usually put their flags out on Memorial Day as they do on the 4th of July. So if you're driving around today and you happen to spot a flag somewhere, don't forget to quietly ponder (and thank) the millions of men and women who gave their lives so that you could live in freedom.