There are places where America’s war dead are best known and still mourned. Section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery is but one example and yet stone sentinels of forgotten military men jut out from rolling grassy hills all across this country. Some have not seen a single visitor kneel at their graveside for more than a century.
Known originally as Decoration Day as proclaimed by Gen. John Logan on May 5, 1868, the special day was borne out of the desire to honor the Union war dead and decorate their graves with flowers.
By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans.
Our co-bloggers Proof and Adrienne join me in offering our thoughts and prayers to all those who are grieving. Nothing we say can lessen your sorrow, but we do know your loved ones are in the arms of God guarding the gates of Heaven.