Today is Memorial Day 2012. It is not with fanfare, but with solemnity, that I officially launch Prodigal Sons of Liberty.
Memorial Day is the day on which we honor the brave men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces who died in defense of our great nation. (Not to be confused with Veterans Day. Veterans Day, November 11th, is the day for which we honor all living service men and woman who serve our nation past and present.)
Memorial Day was officially made a federal holiday in 1971. This day of remembrance began in the aftermath of the U.S. Civil War when, in the spring, towns in northern states honored their fallen with prayers and decorating graves with flowers. The day was unofficially called Decoration Day.
Memorial Day is observed by displaying our nation’s flag. At 3pm local time, we pause for prayer and a moment of silence in remembrance of the sacrifice of the fallen, and the families of the fallen. May God bless their great sacrifice.
God bless America.
(Thank you to usmemorialday.org and history.com.)by