While many Americans will celebrate Memorial Day with hot dogs, hamburgers and a day off... let us not forget what this day is really all about. Memorial Day is not about 20% off sales and lounging by the pool. Memorial Day is a day of honor and respect for our fallen... and sometimes forgotten.
Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
I encourage all Pack 1910 families to engage in something meaningful this weekend to help instill in our Cubs a purpose for this day. Let's raise a generation that doesn't forget. The National Memorial Day Parade takes place tomorrow at 1pm CST and you will be able to view it live here. More on the parade can be found here.
Troop 1910 and Troop 32 in Keller will be assisting the Mt. Gilead Cemetery with a ceremony that I would like to invite ALL of our Pack family to attend. There is plenty of shade, but please be prepared to bring your own chairs. Any scouts please wear full Field Uniform. There is usually quite an impressive but brief service and flag retirement... they've even had historical reenactors present as well in the past. It's definitely worthy of attendance. You may park in the church across the street. The address is 1352 Bancroft Road in Keller. Again, the ceremony begins at 11 am. The Rotary Club will serve hot dogs and light refreshments after the service.
We have added to our Pack Calendar a special entry on Memorial Day. At 3pm -- no matter where you are, what you are doing or whose company you are sharing -- please stop and take a moment to gather your family and friends together to remember those who have fallen in service to our great nation. Memorial Day is more than a cookout, it's a time to be in thought for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice as well as their families. The National Moment of Remembrance is at 3pm, local time, wherever you are. Unite with Americans everywhere to show that we have not forgotten that freedom isn't free. We are the home of the free BECAUSE of the brave!
Here is a Memorial Day Tribute you could watch with your family.