Back on May 5, 1868, General John Logan officially proclaimed Memorial Day as an official holiday and it was celebrated for the first time on May 30, 1868. Flowers were placed on the graves of fallen soldiers from the Union and Confederate armies at Arlington National Cemetery to signify the inauguration of the holiday. But how has the holiday evolved to how we celebrate it as a society in the U.S. today?
Memorial Day is a day in which we as a nation sit and think about how lucky we are to be a citizen of this amazing country. It’s a day to remember all the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America. This is a time in which we celebrate the most important people in our country’s history…our fallen American heroes.
Many people spend their time relaxing and enjoying a nice extra day off of work during Memorial Day weekend. Some people organize a big family BBQ & others pack up the car and set off for a weekend away from home. Whatever the plan, Memorial Day weekend is a time that should be spent relaxing with the ones closest to you and to be thankful for the friends and family you have. During this weekend, people also need to stop and think about the men and women who are currently serving abroad fighting the war on terror.
Although Memorial Day is a day primarily focused on remembering the lives of fallen American military members, we must not forget about the men and women currently sacrificing their blood, sweat and tears in various outposts throughout the world. Trademark Productions has partnered with the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) for the last two years to work to provide donations to the patients currently being treated at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C.
During National Police week, members of POAM and Trademark Productions deliver donations received from various organizations to the patients at Walter Reed Medical Center. The organizations work side-by-side to collect items such as DVD’s, DVD players, new clothing, electric shavers, iPods, iPads and much more. What these organizations enjoy most about this donation program is that they have the ability to give a little something back to those who have given so much to us and this beautiful country.
So during this Memorial Day, spend a minute thinking about how lucky we actually are to live in such a wonderful place. I know the economy is bad and gas is near five dollars a gallon, but things could be much worse. Stop and look up in the sky and think about one of those military members working overseas. Fast-forward the time seven hours and someone in Iraq is looking up and wishing they were back home enjoying that wonderful Memorial Day weekend, too. Trust me…I was there three years ago and I remember the feeling.
Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone and a heartfelt thank you to all of our American heroes.