Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. In the years after the Civil War, it was known as Decoration Day and Americans across the country would hold springtime tributes to fallen soldiers, while also decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers. The name was chosen by General John A. Logan, a leader of an organization for Northern Civil War Veterans, as he called for a nationwide day of remembrance for veterans on May 5, 1868.
“The 30th 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 churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.
Originally Decoration Day, Memorial started to become the popular name over time, only honored those lost while fighting in the Civil War. This changed during the U.S. involvement in World War 1, after which it started honoring all U.S. military members who died in all wars. Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, until Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May and took effect in 1971.
CB2TB joined the City of Richmond Hill in honoring fallen military members on May 31 at J.F. Gregory Park. Guest Speakers included current and former military members who paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, while also talking about not only how their sacrifice touched them, but the time they got to spend with them. Additionally, words of honor were spoken by Russ Carpenter the Mayor of Richmond Hill, who stated, "“Memorial Day is a time to be reflective. It’s not so much a celebration, it’s a time to look back and thank and honor those who have payed the ultimate sacrifice.”
CB2TB joins in honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so we can the freedoms we enjoy today. We also honor the families of the fallen service members. We know there are no words that can take away the pain, but we appreciate the sacrifice of not only your loved one, but yours as well and we will continue to do all we can to honor them and support you.