The true meaning of Memorial Day

The Brady Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3234 held a Memorial Day ceremony Monday to honor those military service men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice. “This is a time for Americans to reconnect with their history and core values by honoring those who gave their lives for the ideals that we cherish,” said Post Commander Clayton Moore in his address. “Each person who died during wars and conflicts was a loved one cherished by friends and family. Each was a loss to the community and nation. “This day of remembrance began in 1863 when a group of Confederate widows were placing flowers on their loved ones graves and they noticed a Union soldier’s grave nearby. They cleaned off the site and placed flowers there as well. In 1882, the nation observed its first official Memorial Day. For decades, this day meant ceremonies at cemeteries, speeches and parades. “Sadly, many Americans have lost this connection with their history and what the military stands for in our nation’s history. Today we are here to pay tribute to the men and women who have served in our armed forces.” Officers of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion, Helen Moore and Betzy Day, placed a wreath at the entrance to Memory Lane in memory of the fallen heroes.

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