Memorial Day is a very important time to show solemn respect to all those Americans who died in wars, across the globe and in our own fields and forests. Pay special honor to their families who sacrificed so much – so we may live in freedom. Because of these heroes, we enjoy the blessings of liberty, protected from ruthless tyrants who still roam the earth, desperately seeking to enslave humanity.
But don’t forget to celebrate. Celebrate and raise a glass to the men and women who volunteered to fight on our behalf and made the ultimate sacrifice.
A letter from a president who cared deeply for our soldiers.
Written fours years prior to America’s first Memorial Day, May 30, 1868. It was a day set aside to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers – thus the original name – Decoration Day.
Executive Mansion, Washington, 21 November, 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 respect,
Pfc. David Webster, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, wrote his mother on the eve of D-Day:
“Stop worrying about me. I joined the parachutists to fight.
I intend to fight. If necessary, I shall die fighting, but don’t worry about this because no war can be won without young men dying.
Those things, which are precious, are saved only by sacrifice.”
This is the definition of a true hero.
So today; give thanks for our fallen, who as Lincoln said, took up “that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.”