Memorial Day in the United States

May 26, 2014, 5:13 PM |

In the United States we have two national holidays that honor our military service personnel.  On November 11th we have "Veterans Day.  It was formerly known as "Armistice Day," and was created to mark the end of the "Great War" (World War One), on the "11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month" in 1918, when the cease fire took effect.

Today is "Memorial Day."  It was originally designed to pay homage to those who died in the American Civil War (1860-1865).  It was first known as "Decoration Day."  As time passes, and sadly, more young people die and become maimed, it has become a day to honor all those who have died in the service of their country.

Recently, I paid a short visit to a cemetary nearby, which has the graves and stones of two branchs of my family, on my mother's side.  Part of them came to California, as famers and ranchers, back in the late 1800s.  They came from the mountains of eastern Tennesse, and they came from upstate New York.  Some were Rebels, others were with the Federal Army.  One particular great-great grandfather, who died in the 1920s and was buried here, was part of the Army of the Potomac.  He has a Grand Army of the Republic headstone.

There are parts of my family whose roots run even deeper in the United States, back to the Revolution.  And some Californios too.  I wish I knew more about them.

The point of this blog post is not to encourage war, but to take note and thank those, living and dead, who have assumed the duty of protecting my rights and liberties.  To all here who have served the cause of keeping the peace, as well as fighting the war, I thank you.

I owe you.