Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor, June 8

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thanks for Field of Heroes support

To the Editor:

I have a grateful and thankful heart for the many that took part in or attended the Field of Heroes 2017, remembering with honor the sacrifices made for our freedom. It was a dream of mine since I was a child to see this hill at Willow Mount covered with white crosses for Memorial Day. Freedom is not free. Memorial Day is not just a three-day holiday weekend, it should be a day of respect and honor, for its true establisted meaning.

Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation, it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the General Army of the Republic, in his General Order No.11, and was first observed on 30th May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday. This is when Memorial Day lost its true meaning of remembering sacarifices made for freedom.

Let us never forget the families that remember everyday the sacrifice they had given with the lost of loved ones for freedom.

Thanks be to God and to all that suppored this special event prayerfully, physically, financially, and with their attendance. Hopefully, this tradition can be preserved for many years to honor the sacrifices of losses of soldiers and the many grieving family members that sacrificed for our freedom. Don't take it for granted; comfort and support those families that suffer everyday with remembering their losses.

Gene Williams

Shelbyville


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