Today, May 27, 2013, is Memorial Day, a U.S. holiday to commemorate soldiers who died in war and a day to remember those who have fallen during service to our country.
As we commemorate the soldiers we have lost, as well as wounded soldiers, bereaved families, orphans and widows, let’s not forget the meaning and traditions behind this sacred holiday. Memorial Day was originally known as “Decoration Day.” Its purpose was to visit cemeteries and place flowers on the graves of soldiers who had died in the Civil War. By the year 1882, everyone started calling it “Memorial Day,” and by the time World Wars I and II had ended, it had evolved into a day to honor all fallen military men and women.
Stone Mountain, Georgia Cemetery, Section of Unknown Soldiers: Photo 05-27-2013
If you ever visit Stone Mountain Park, make sure you visit “Memorial Lawn.” To read more about “Sacrifice and Valor, check this post here.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, May 27, 2013