What are your plans this Memorial Day weekend? Common answers likely include a barbecue, house cleaning, a short trip, or, of course, a hunt for good discounts on just about everything. Very few of us will be decorating the graves of our honored dead. What has befallen Memorial Day is a national travesty.
On May 5, 1868, General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, promulgated General Order No. 11, which was the first official promulgation of Memorial Day. General Order No. 11 provided that flowers be placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers on May 30, 1868. Logan's Order declared: "Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic." Truly.
In his The Destiny of America Memorial Day speech in 1923, President Calvin Coolidge remarked, “Our country . . . has not decreed this memorial season as an honor to war, with its terrible waste and attendant train of suffering and hardship . . . Yet war is not the worse of evils, and these days have be