Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was observed to honor fallen soldiers after the Civil War. General John A. Logan declared May 30, 1868, as a day of remembrance. Decoration Day was originally only to commemorate fallen Civil War soldiers, but after World War II, all American battles were included. In 1968, Congress made Memorial Day the last Monday in May.
Below are a few of my favorite quotes honoring the women and men who have fallen for our country.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. -Joseph Campbell, Author, Lecturer
And, I am proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And, I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right for me. -Melvin Lee Greenwood, American Country Music Artist
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. -Nathan Hale, Revolutionary War Solider
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. -John F. Kennedy, former President of the United States
Joining Forces is a national initiative to engage all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. -Thank you First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden for your vision and dedication.
Be a leader, like the women and men who sacrificed to make this country great, and move to action TODAY.