“For Everything There is a Season…” Memorial Day

Next Monday people across the nation will honor deceased loved ones in observance of Memorial Day.  Multitudes of people will visit cemeteries to place flowers on graves.

One of the first Decoration Day celebrations (as it was called then) took place on May 1st, 1865 in Charleston, South Carolina.  The Civil War was just over and a group of freed slaves who were a part of the U.S. Colored Troops gathered to bury bodies of union soldiers.  People sang hymns and placed flowers on fallen fighter’s graves.  From then to now, the national holiday to honor our defenders has expanded to include all fallen soldiers from every war.  It is also a time for us to remember all our loved ones who have gone before us.

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