Memorial Day Weekend Sale! Hurry, hurry, you don't want to miss the savings...
Memorial Day was created for those who have died in our nation's service. A small remembrance of respect and appreciation for the very freedom of the ground we stand upon. Remembrance to honor those who gave their all. I just thought I would educate the 80% of the American population as to the real reason you get a three day weekend at this time of the year. I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt that you truly did not know what was going on around you today and why. And might I also suggest that you educate yourself on how to conduct yourselves when the American Flag passes by. Maybe learn the pledge of allegiance and what it meant to Americans at one time in history. And just for extra credit, Google 'taps' so the next time it plays you'll know what what it sounds like... and hopefully will know what to do.
Executive Mansion, Washington, November 21, 1864.
Mrs. Bixby, Boston, Massachusetts:
Dear Madam: I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Yours very sincerely and respectfully,