We honor Monday those who have donned the uniform of our country and died in its defense.
Not all veterans nor all who died. “All gave some; some gave all.” The rest of us who donned the uniform of our nation have our day in November.
We should pause to remember those who “gave the last full measure of devotion,” as Abraham Lincoln suggested in his address dedicating the cemetery at Gettysburg. “But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.”
Traditionally, Memorial Day was invented by the African American population of Charleston, South Carolina, commemorating the Union soldiers who had died while prisoners of war in their city, in order to bring them personal…
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