Did you know that Memorial Day was originally called decoration day? It was a day set aside to remember those who died in service of the United States of America. 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. Traditional observances of this day include wearing red poppies, visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of fallen heroes but in recent years these lovely tributes are disappearing.

Please take a moment on this day of observance to remember the sacrifice that was made on your behalf. It is a debt that we can never repay!