The first Memorial Day (called Decoration Day) was in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the sacrifices made by both sides of the Civil War. Over 620,000 men gave their life for what they believed in, a number too large to comprehend.
Memorial Day became an official national holiday over 100 years later, in 1971 to honor all those who have given their lives to defend our freedom: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Besides the Civil War, that includes the American Revolution, War of 1812, two World Wars, Korean War, Viet Nam, Gulf War and several other skirmishes, which combined do not exceed the Civil War’s death count.
It’s hard for me to get my arms around those statistics. COVID 19 is just another skirmish in comparison.
Thought for the Day: People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.