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Monday Mottoes – #241

Following the US Civil War, Decoration Day was established in 1868 to honor all soldiers, Union and Confederate, who died during the war. Held on May 30th, the graves of soldiers were decorated with flowers at Arlington National Cemetery. Yet, this proved to be divisive as northern states adopted the practice by 1890, but southern states each had their own days of remembrance on other dates.

After World War I, Decoration Day included military members who had died in all US wars. At last the southern states joined in. By 1967, President Johnson renamed the holiday, changing it from Decoration Day to Memorial Day. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, holidays began to be moved to Mondays (as in the last Monday in May) in order for workers to have a three-day weekend.

So today, as we honor those military men and women who gave their lives for the pursuit of our freedom. Here are two meaningful quotes:

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” ~General George S. Patton

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” ~President Thomas Jefferson

Be vigilant, be courageous, stand for your country in good times and trying times.

God bless America!


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