|It's Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, dating back to the years following the Civil War. At the time, groups would decorate the graves of Confederate and Union soldiers, a practice still acknowledged with people often visiting cemeteries to decorate veteran graves. In 1868, May 30 was set aside as a nationwide Decoration Day, with the date selected because it didn't correspond to the anniversary of any particular battle.
After World War I, the day became known to honor veterans of both the Civil War and the more recent conflict. It remained on May 30 until 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May to create a three-day holiday for federal employees. The change went into effect in 1971, the same day Memorial Day was designated a federal holiday.
The number of those who have fallen between then and today so that you & I remain free to read these words is too staggering to contemplate, and we honor their sacrifice. Many of you have your own stories of family members and friends who answered the call to service and gave all. Today I'll share three of the McCormick family who answered the call to serve. So proud of them.
This Memorial Day will be spent here in Ely with family. We'll be enjoying baby back ribs, potato salad, baked beans, corn on the cob & peach cobbler ice cream for dessert. Grateful that we can indeed share this day together.