Memorial Day weekend is upon us and many will spend their time at family picnics, relaxing at the beach, or catching up on some long-needed home improvements. Have we forgotten what Memorial Day really means? It is far more than a long weekend from work or the big kick off to the summer season.
Memorial Day is a holiday set aside for all of us to remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military in order to safeguard our freedoms and to bring freedom to others around the world who so desperately seek it.
It originally began as Decoration Day on May 30, 1868 when General John Logan, leader of an organization for the northern veterans of the Civil War called for a day of remembrance. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land,” Logan proclaimed. Decoration Day later became known as Memorial Day and continued to be observed on May 30 until 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which established the last Monday of May as Memorial Day and declared it to be a federal holiday. This law took effect in 1971.
So how do we honor those who have served our country so honorably? We can visit veteran cemeteries and memorials to show well-deserved respect to those who have so honorably served. We can attend Memorial Day parades in our hometowns to show support and gratitude to our veterans and those who are currently serving.
One of the most important things we can do to honor those who have served our country for the cause of freedom is to spend every day, not just Memorial Day, fighting to protect and defend our freedoms and the freedoms of others that are guaranteed to all Americans in the U.S. Constitution.
In honor of all who sacrificed to insure freedom here at home and around the world, we at PA Right to Work pledge to do all we can for the cause of freedom. One of the fundamental freedoms that all Americans should be able to exercise is their freedom of association. We will continue to fight on all fronts to free Pennsylvania’s workers from compulsory unionism. No one should be forced to join an organization and financially support it against their will. This is not FREEDOM!
Please join us in honoring the military men and women who have served, sacrificed, answered the call of their country to serve and protect their fellow man, and paid the ultimate price. We must honor them by taking up the cause of freedom wherever we are and in any way that we can. We owe them no less.