"If other eyes grow dull and 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 in us." *
In 1868, as the tradition of Memorial Day (or Decoration Day) was just beginning, a group of former Union Soldiers gathered to remember their fallen comrades of the Civil War. The quote above comes from the leader of their group, Major General John Logan. He issued the challenge to honor the memories of those left behind.
I have spent the majority of my life serving our country and there are two holidays that have special meaning to me; Veteran's day, where we honor Veterans still among us, and Memorial Day, where we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and honor their families. I salute those who have passed and I owe a debt of gratitude to their families. I will keep their memory "as long as the light and warmth of life remains".
As we reach the start of Summer, the long weekend is a great opportunity to relax and enjoy yourself while you spend time with friends and family. Tell stories, make plans and just reconnect over a glass of iced tea to celebrate the season.
From the Oliver Pluff family, we wish you a great Summer and I hope you take a moment to remember those who have helped keep us free.
*If you want to read Maj Gen Logan's Order No 11, go here. If you want to learn more about the history of Memorial Day, visit either History.com here or the VA website here.