Memorial Day Weekend 2015 marks 147 years of our soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice being officially recognized. Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
Over the years the name has slowly changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day. The first known reference of Memorial day is from 1882 and it was not officially named Memorial day and enacted into law until 1967. The following year they made it a three day weekend along with three other holidays.
This is a special day when we look back and observe those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It is a day when we should remember those who have died while serving both in our family, friends, community and those we may not have even known but, gave their lives so we could have our freedom. While many celebrate with weekends celebrations, at the lakes, with family and so on please take a minute to tip your hat and thank those who have passed away serving our country. Thank the father, mother, sister, brother, son, or daughter of those who have lost a loved one for our freedom. They gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we could enjoy our beloved country.
In that light we shall be closed Saturday, May 23, 2015 thru Monday May 25, 2015 to observe the sacrifice so many have made so that each one of us can be free and to live in the United States of America. God bless you and your family and don’t forget to remember those who have given their all and their families.