Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday remembering and honoring all men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces since the Civil War. This holiday originated after the Civil War to commemorate and honor the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died in the military service of their country. All American national cemeteries honor the deceased veterans buried there as well as remembering all the American veterans buried in foreign countries. Memorial Day is a day to remember the “gold star” veterans who gave their lives in the defense of our country. We ask a special blessing upon them and their families. We give thanks for their generous service and supreme sacrifice for our country.
By Joyce Iten, OSB