Memorial Weekend is a time for remembering those who have fought in service to our country. It’s a time to honor service men and women, and it’s a tradition that dates back to 1868.
The first Memorial Day was May 30, 1868, when flags and flowers were placed on the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, just up the hill from the nation’s capitol.
Today Memorial Day is the culmination of a three-day weekend,with activities and festivals that kick off the summer. It’s also a day reserved for honoring veterans and those who died in the line of service.
Cemetery visits are a tradition that many families continue to this day, and flags are flown throughout the country as a show of remembrance, patriotism and pride.
On this Memorial Day, get out and enjoy the many activities that are going on around the area. I specifically would like to recommend a visit to the Walk of Memories at the American Legion Post 201. This tribute includes a brick walkway made of more than 8,000 bricks, each inscribed with the name of a Georgia man or woman who died in combat. The Walk includes fallen soldiers from World War II and forward. There also is a special section of the walk with the names of veterans who have returned from conflicts around the world. The park features a Huey helicopter and a tank. It’s a great way to teach kids the true meaning of Memorial Day.
From all of us at the Van Sant Law, LLC, we hope you enjoy this Memorial Day 2012, and to those of you who have served or are serving our country: thank you.