We often tend to forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. 

Memorial Day is set aside for those American soldiers who laid down their lives so that our country and others countries may live a peaceful life. 

This is a special day to pay tribute to the steadfast will, eternal courage and great love for the nation that marks each of their hearts.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the last Monday of May commemorating men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. 

Initially (officially since 1868 - proclaimed by General John Logan) Memorial Day was a holiday in memory of the soldiers who died in the Civil War. The feast was supposed to be a step towards national reconciliation. The original name (Decoration Day) comes from placing flowers on the graves of the soldiers. 

Memorial Day was celebrated differently in different states. Until 1890 it was celebrated in all the states of the North. After World War I the nature of the holiday changed to honor the memory of all Americans who died in any war – not only the Civil war. 

It is a sad expression of appreciation when often many citizens don’t observe Memorial Day but on this day we should actively remember our family members, our loved ones, our friends, and all of them who have bravely confronted the enemies and defeated their wicked desires while guarding their land with their most precious possessions, their lives. 

On Memorial Day, many will celebrate the beginning of summer with cook outs, swimming, and many other summer activities. All these are great activities and we should enjoy them but all of us should take time out to honor those that provided us the free will to enjoy these comings and goings with our family and friends.  

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th, the American Legion Post 25 will present a program at 10 a.m. honoring Lawrence County heroes who gave their lives while in the United States Armed Forces protecting and serving our county and nation.

Not only will you hear from our county officials and American Legion members, you will hear the names of the Lawrence County Citizens (beginning with World War I) who gave the ultimate sacrifice while aiding our country. These men who gave their lives should be held to the highest honor in our county. 

These activities  presented by the American Legion Post 25 will be conducted at the American Legion Building which is located approximately one and one half miles south of Moulton on Alabama 33. Everyone is encouraged to attend this noble event.

 

Roger Loosier,

Adjutant, American Legion Post 25,

Vietnam Veteran

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