Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power – What Is Memorial Day?

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power, and Happy Memorial Day! I’m looking forward to our time together today, and I thought it would be inspiring and enlightening to talk a few minutes about why we celebrate Memorial Day, so come join me….

So here are some interesting facts about Memorial Day. It was officially proclaimed by General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic on May 5th, 1868, through the General Order No. 11, and then first observed on May 30th, 1868. Here’s a little piece of that general order: “The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance, no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.”

Whew, that’s a long time ago, and look at the order of the memorializing! Simple and genuine, not anything about store wide sales and spending money, but a day of true observance and memorializing! Hmmmmm….

Now this holiday is celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May to ensure a three-day weekend for Federal holidays — (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363.) After reading about this, I’d like to think that it’s more than a three-day weekend for us. It’s truly a time to memorialize why we celebrate this day, especially since the “traditional” observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years. Could the diminishing be because we’ve forgotten or chosen not to think about why we celebrate it? It’s not easy to think about death, no matter who it involves.

When I stop to think about it, I realize I have a few people in my family who have served our country. There’s my sister who served in the Navy. My brother served in the Navy as well and retired several years ago. My adopted dad was an Army vet who served in World War II, and then, of course, there are many, many friends and relatives of friends. Even if we don’t know someone, look at the war we are still fighting. We can’t feign ignorance or indifference, because ignorance doesn’t devalue or change the truth of our freedom.


Here’s another interesting fact about this holiday. In December of 2000, the “National Moment of Remembrance” was passed. What is it and why was it passed? I’m so glad you asked. Here are the first few lines of this memorandum from the White House/Office of the Press Secretary dated May 2nd, 2000:

“It is time to pause and consider the true meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day represents one day of national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died while defending our Nation and its values. While we should honor these heroes every day for the profound contribution they have made to securing our Nation’s freedom, we should honor them especially on Memorial Day.”

The National Moment of Remembrance asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence”…

Take time to honor this freedom we take for granted, and remember, “Freedom has its cost that keeps on giving to those of us living…”

Take time today to honor those who serve our country and our freedom.



P.S. There will be no Blog Talk Radio today but be sure and join us next Monday! Let’s entwine our hearts at 3 this afternoon!

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5 Responses to “Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power – What Is Memorial Day?”

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