Monday, May 31, 2010
Today in the United States we honor the soldiers who fought to protect our country and the right to peace, liberty and the pursuit of happiness of others. This holiday began after the Civil War but did not become a national holiday until 1971 although almost every state celebrated it. I remember my Great Grandmother calling it "Decoration Day" as did many in her day. You can read more about the holiday here. In our family we recognize the day by talking with our children about what it means to give your life for another, the ultimate unselfish act. I encourage you to do the same. As we live our lives in peace and the freedom to do as we chose on this day, we live out their gift to us and show that it was not in vain.