Decoration Day as they used to call it originated years after the Civil War. On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance. It was designated for the purpose of decorating the graves of those who gave their lives for their country. Then the United States found itself in another conflict when World War I happened and the holiday involved in remembering all military in all wars. Then in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May. Memorial Day officially became a holiday in 1971.
For anyone that has served in the military, I don't know what else to say but thank you. Thank you for willing to risk your life for me, for our freedom. I salute you for everything that you have done. Thank you. As today is a day of remembrance of those that sacrificed their lives; that paid the ultimate price for our freedom, it just brings an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. Not only to those soldiers, but to the ones that have served, is serving, and will serve in the future. I thank you.