Memorial Day

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.