A Memorial Day Reflection

Today initiates the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the United States.

With the current COVID-19 health crisis at hand, it will be a much different celebration than in previous years. I wonder how much celebrating will be happening around the country with our social distancing guidelines still in place in many parts of the US.

Memorial Day, which was originally called Decoration Day, was officially proclaimed on May 5th, 1868 and first observed on May 30th of that year when flowers were placed on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. This day of remembrance was set aside to commemorate those soldiers who gave their lives in the American Civil War.

There is rich history regarding how the fallen were remembered in the Union territories as compared to Confederate territories. But the common thread was that the graves of the fallen soldiers were decorated on a certain date each May and a “dinner on the ground” often followed the decoration ceremony.

By the early 20th century, Memorial Day evolved into a more general expression of remembrance of all the deceased who had served in the military, and in 1971 Memorial Day became an official federal holiday. 

We reflect on the sacrifices of military personnel and the loss to their families even as we celebrate that the price of those losses results in continued freedom and a stronger nation.

Enjoy your holiday weekend! Be Safe and Healthy during these trying times and take a moment to reflect on those heroes from past wars and for those who fought a recent heroic battle with this deadly virus.

Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear them!

About James J. Murray, Fiction Writer

With experience in both pharmaceutical manufacturing and clinical patient management, medications and their impact on one’s quality of life have been my expertise. My secret passion of murder and mayhem, however, is a whole other matter. I’ve always loved reading murder mysteries and thrillers, and longed to weave such tales of my own. Drawing on my clinical expertise as a pharmacist and my infatuation with the lethal effects of drugs, my tales of murder, mayhem and medicine will have you looking over your shoulder and suspicious of anything in your medicine cabinet.
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7 Responses to A Memorial Day Reflection

  1. Well said as always, my friend.

  2. Jim Burk says:

    Well done…..Thank you for sharing. Blessings on You and Ginger. Jim & Ann Burk

    On Sat, May 23, 2020 at 8:43 AM Prescription For Murder wrote:

    > James J. Murray, Fiction Writer posted: “Today initiates the Memorial Day > holiday weekend in the United States. With the current COVID-19 health > crisis at hand, it will be a much different celebration than in previous > years. I wonder how much celebrating will be happening around the country ” >

  3. Jim Burk says:

    Blessings on you and Ginger. Thanks for sharing. Jim & Ann Burk

    On Sat, May 23, 2020 at 8:43 AM Prescription For Murder wrote:

    > James J. Murray, Fiction Writer posted: “Today initiates the Memorial Day > holiday weekend in the United States. With the current COVID-19 health > crisis at hand, it will be a much different celebration than in previous > years. I wonder how much celebrating will be happening around the country ” >

  4. Mary Crane says:

    Very nice article Jim.
    We’ll be staying home this weekend and the weather is perfect so perhaps Allan will use the grill to make us dinner.
    Love to you and Ginger.
    Mary

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