Memorial Day was created May 5, 1868 as a day to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers to pay respect: "Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans -- the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) -- established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 by Congress made it an official holiday." (Source: CNN)
So today is a day to honor and pay respect to all the soldiers who have given their lives to help secure and maintain our freedom and rights, who walked into the face of death without a second thought to make sure we could be safe and happy. The strength and courage a person requires to dedicate their lives to serving their country is unfathomable. We salute the soldiers who have given everything on behalf of us.
And we pay our respects and salute their families who have sacrificed so much alongside them and who have had to carry such a powerful weight. We raise you up in prayers and love.
God bless our soldiers and God bless their families!
~Annabell + Bridget, TeamNerd Review Team