|@Photo by Nancy Lee Badger|
We no longer have a military draft, but thousands of our men and women volunteer to serve their country, to keep its citizens safe.
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died while serving in the various branches of the military of the United States of America.
Former President Lyndon Johnson declared it a national holiday in May 1966, and this year the USA celebrates it on Monday, May 30th. It is not as happy a holiday as Veteran's Day, where we celebrate our citizens who have served in our military. Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
This weekend often includes trips to the beach, hikes through the mountains, gatherings with friends or families, and barbecues. Please take a moment to remember those we have lost. Here are a few who my family salute.
|Joseph Abner Bean died in |
Libby Prison during the Civil War
Lt. David Lee Johnson: Died in WW2
Sgt. Richard Ayers: Died in WW2
Pvt. Gerald Ayers: died in WW2
as well as...
|Our distant cousin who died in Vietnam|
|Family visiting the New York Memorial at Gettysburg, |
where our great-great-great uncle Enoch Lee served,
Enoch died later in the Civil War at Petersburg
Nancy Lee Badger
p.s. my contemporary military novella