Today is the 146th anniversary of Memorial Day. For many people, this weekend signifies the beginning of the summer season, great sales at stores and great picnics. Let’s not forget the real meaning of the holiday.
This holiday was started just after the Civil War as “Decoration Day” to honor those who died. It was made into a national holiday by an act of Congress in 1971 to honor all American who died in wars defending this country.
This weekend, let’s take the time to remember all those who died serving our country. Let’s say a prayer for their souls and for their loved ones who are left behind. Let us not only remember these Americans today, but everyday when we work together to uphold American values that these people fought and died for.
Join me today in “The National Moment of Remembrance” which encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”
May God bless the United States of America.
I had a great start to the Memorial Day weekend by attending the Gwinnett Democratic Party’s Herb Green Picnic at McDaniel Farm Park.
Who was Herb Green? He was a long serving and hard working fellow labor leader and Democrat. He started his labor career after being employed in the Doraville General Motors plant in 1948 with the union’s collective bargaining committee. He was an international representive of the UAW of American and a longtime member of the Gwinnett County Democratic Party’s executive committee.
House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and State Democratic Party Chairman Dubose Porter spoke at the picnic. I had a great time with my fellow Democrats.
Rep Stacey Abrams and me
Rep Hugh Floyd and Rep Pedro Marin and me
Dubose Porter, Rep Karen Bennett,me, Rep Hugh Floyd and Rep Pedro Marin