May 28, 2018

Memorial Day

We pray for those who gave their lives in service of their country.

The above photo is from Ben King's Mindful Memorial Day project.
 
"A living memorial . . . in 2018 for the fifth consecutive year, Mindful Memorial Day will be observed with the hanging of yellow ribbons and fallen warrior cards—one for each service member killed in-theater since September 11, 2001.  The ribbons and their attached cards will be suspended from the rafters of The Women in Military Service for America Memorial at the gates of Arlington National Cemetery."
  ~ from MindfulMemorialDay.org


In the United States, Memorial Day is celebrated each year on the last Monday of May.   
Originally known as “Decoration Day” in the years following the Civil War. 
It was Union General John A. Logan who called for an official nationwide day of remembrance on May 30, 1868, a date chosen because it wasn't the anniversary of a particular battle.  President Ulysses S. Grant presided over first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, May 30th, 1868. 

The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute.  President Bill Clinton signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act on December 28th, 2000.