"Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
—G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936).
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.—http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html
Another remembrance is for Peter Bridges who died in America's Civil War just before it ended in 1865. [Thank God he already had children or I wouldn't be here today.]
We don't always think about all the lives that have been given to secure our freedom in the USA. Many Americans don't know that Memorial Day was officially proclaimed in 1868 to honor those fallen in service to our country. Historically, towns and cities held Memorial Day parades. Today parades are held in very few places. In 1915 Moina Michael wrote a verse and conceived of the idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day to honor those Americans who died defending our country.
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
May 30 was the traditional day of Memorial Day observance. In 1999 a bill was introduced in the US Senate to restore the traditional day of observance to May 30 to return the solemn, sacred spirit back to Memorial Day in lieu of the current three day weekend holiday that is just another 'celebration' of time off work. The bill sits hanging in Congress with no further action. Visit the Help Restore the Traditional Day of Observance page for more information.
This year at 3:00 pm local time you can keep the reverence in Memorial Day by pausing for a moment of silence, remembrance and respect or listening to "Taps".
Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
God is nigh.
Go to sleep,
May the soldier
On the land
or the deep,
Safe in sleep.