Memorial Day in the United States is to remember all those who have died in our wars. You are gone, but not forgotten. We give honor to all those who gave all they had for freedom and for our country.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. It began in 1868 to commemorate the dead from the Civil War. This was made a federal holiday in 1971. Now we use it as a day to remember all U.S. men and women killed or missing in action in all wars. National observance of Memorial Day is marked officially by placing a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C.

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace.

We seek not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you and may posterity forget that ye were once our countrymen."

Samuel Adams

EULOGY FOR A VETERAN

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the Gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

Author Unknown

And we cannot forget those that are still captured or missing. These are grandfathers, fathers, brothers, husbands who served their country. MEMORIAL DAY LINKS

Annie's Memorial Page
Cybergrandma's Memorial Page
The origins of Memorial Day
Oliver Wendall Holmes Memorial Day Speech
POW/MIA Tribute Page
POW/MIA numbers for all the wars

Freedom is not free

God Bless America!

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