News Article of Senator Crapo
A DAY FOR REMEMBERING
Guest opinion submitted by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo
Contact: Susan Wheeler
When you go home
Tell them for us and say
For your tomorrow
We gave our today
-Message chiseled outside cemetery at
Memorial Day is one of our most meaningful holidays. It is a day for honoring and remembering those who have died in
Our soldiers fight to defend liberty in places where people rarely experience the freedoms of speech, religion, and association that we so often take for granted here at home. In two world wars, American soldiers liberated
Too often, Memorial Day’s meaning gets lost amid picnics for a day off merely to celebrate the beginning of summer. But it is appropriate that we should take the day off to exercise our freedom by enjoying time with family and friends. It is a freedom won by those whom this holiday honors.
Memorial Day was borne out of a desire to honor those who died in the Civil War. In 1868, General John A. Logan established May 30th as Decoration Day. In General Order No. 11, he wrote, “Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledge to aid and to assist those whom they have left among us as a sacred charge upon the nation’s gratitude---the soldier’s widow and orphan.” General Order No. 11 is well worth reading on Memorial Day. You can read it in full at http://crapo.senate.gov.
Decoration Day has become Memorial Day, and we now observe it on the last Monday in May. To properly remember on Memorial Day is to do what General Logan proposed. We should visit our local cemeteries to place flowers and flags over military graves and do something to help the families of our fallen heroes. We should fly our flags at half-staff until noon and observe the congressionally appointed hours of 11:00 a.m. as a time to unite in prayer and 3:00 p.m. for the National Moment of Remembrance.
To properly remember on Memorial Day is also to pass on our memory to our children. It is to fill them with a sense of respect and reverence for the greatness of
Freedom surrounds us every day and every moment in
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