Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.
There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day.
There is evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War. A hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves Are Sleeping," by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South Who Are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead."
In May 1966, Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson. It is more likely, however, that Memorial Day had many separate beginnings.
Each gathering of people to honor the war dead tapped into the general human need to honor our dead.
Memorial Day is about reconciliation and remembrance as we honor those who gave their all.
A blessed Memorial Day.