A Happy Memorial Day from Tammy Calhoun
Today, on Memorial Day 2015, we have an opportunity to honor the more than 1.3 million Americans who’ve died fighting for our nation.
Based on a tradition that arose in Waterloo, New York, Memorial Day was originally declared a U.S. holiday in 1961. But fallen soldiers have been celebrated and honored for decades longer — since just after the end of the U.S. Civil War in 1868.
Decoration Day, as it was previously known, was first celebrated on May 30, 1862. The timing of the first Decoration Day celebration is no coincidence; it arose just after the end of the Civil War which claimed over 625,000 American lives, making it the most deadly conflict in U.S. history.
The second most deadly conflict was World War II, which claimed 405,000 lives, followed by World War I, which claimed over 116,000 lives.
Today, take a few minutes to remember those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can maintain our freedom and the many opportunities that are afforded to us as a nation.