Remember Those Who Sacrificed for Freedom On Memorial Day
Memorial Day is a national holiday devoted to remembering those who have died serving our country. Originally called Decoration Day, this day of remembrance was first observed in 1868 when flowers were placed upon the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery which had formerly been the grounds of the estate of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s wife, Mary Anna (Custis) Lee. Mary Anna Lee was a great granddaughter of Mary Washington.
As you celebrate this Memorial Day, remember those who sacrificed their lives for your freedom. Recognize them with a moment of silence at your family event. Remember that freedom isn’t free. It comes at great cost and requires a commitment to eternal willingness to sacrifice. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Give thanks that those before you were willing to risk their lives to preserve your freedom.