General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of Republic officially proclaimed Memorial Day in 1868. General Logan thought to create a day in which we could honor those who have died in service to this great country. Additionally, he proclaimed this day to be a reminder to take care of those who were left behind. In his General Orders he stated the following:
"If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.
Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from his honor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan. "
This Memorial Day honor those who have literally given everything. Raise a flag at your home, decorate a fallen soldiers grave and maybe most importantly, give to those that they left behind. Give of your time, talent and treasure.
God Bless the U.S.A.