Memorial Day 2010It is appropriate that today we all take a moment to reflect on the origins and meaning of  Memorial Day.

On May 30th, 1868 General John Logan, National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic declared the army should observe “Decoration Day” (it was a common practice to decorate the graves of  soldiers) to honor the dead of the civil war.  Over time, the occasion became known as Memorial Day and incorporated the remembrance of all of the United States’ war dead.

Today Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in military conflict.  It is also a day to honor veterans, those who have served in our military forces and the men and women who are currently serving.  It is their sacrifice which affords me the opportunity to share this with you.

My personal thanks to the men and women who defend us!