It started as Decoration Day, an observation of those who died in our nation’s Civil War. It evolved into Memorial Day, honoring all who died in our nation’s wars. It evolved further into a day to decorate the graves and remember all our departed relatives.
My family often travels to Iola, Kansas on this day to decorate the graves of my grandparents, two aunts, and two uncles. We picnic in Iola’s city park.
My father and older brother are buried at Rest Haven in west Wichita. They both served in the military. Another brother is buried on a beautiful hillside in New Mexico. There are ceremonies and special observances scheduled today at many of the cemeteries around Wichita.
For many Americans, Memorial Day is simply an extra day off work with perhaps a picnic, a ball game, or a trip to the lake or pool. It’s the unofficial beginning of summer in the U-S-A.