The True Meaning of Memorial Day

To veterans and their families nation-wide, Memorial Day is a day to remember all who died in active duty service. It is not, as it is to millions that look forward to, a three day weekend with a day off and many social functions and revelry.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated with the years following the Civil War and became an official Holiday in 1971.

The Civil War claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. History. The Great Wars followed and now we continue to honor all that have sacrificed their lives for this Nation in all wars and conflicts up to this day.

In the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities began to conduct and hold significant tributes with grave decorations and ceremonies.

We all know that had it not been for the sacrifices of these veterans securing this country and keeping it strong, we would all be living under the opposite side of that coin.

As all of us in the American Legion and Iowa American Legion Family continue to honor this day and other special landmark days, we underscore by our actions of what America stands for.

May the good Lord bless all of you and yours for your continual selfless and humble service as the male and female veterans, Auxiliary, Son, and riders you all are. May the good Lord bless your families and the greatest nation on earth.

J. Scott Moline, Commander