Lincoln 1860

Lincoln 1860

Monday, May 26, 2008

A Nation Remembers Their Sacrifice

Today is the day that we remember the ultimate sacrifice of our fallen military personnel who died while serving our country in defense of our freedom. Unfortunately, the true meaning and history of this day have become obscured as many of us treat it as the beginning of summer, to be celebrated with picnics, barbecues, boating and drinking.

While we all have our own opinions about war and the military in general (especially these days), we all need to be grateful to those who gave their lives for us. Lincoln said it best in his closing remarks of the Gettysburg Address:
...that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

For a detailed history of Memorial Day, click here.

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