Memorial Day in the United States started following the American Civil War as "Decoration Day"—a day of remembrance of the 620,000 soldiers who died, from both sides, by decorating the graves of fallen soldiers.
Today, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of ALL members of the U.S. military who gave the ultimate price for the freedom we today enjoy, a day of remembrance of those who died in service to our country.
|Confederate Calvary hat, Atlanta Cyclorama|
wanderlust ATLANTA offers its sincerest gratitude to all those who gave their lives, and to the friends and families of those who were lost while acting to protect freedom for the United States.
As someone who served in the United States Navy, I know that service can at times be challenging, yet always a source of pride, and that those in uniform are ever at the ready to give their lives for all of America, and for that I am grateful.
There are in Atlanta a number of places where Atlantans and visitors to Atlanta can visit to offer an observance of Memorial Day, should one wish to venture from home observances. There's the Atlanta Cyclorama, the L.P. Grant Mansion, Historic Oakland Cemetery, Historic Grant Park, the "Turning Point" exhibition at the Atlanta History Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, and Stone Mountain Park, to name a few.
There's also the newly expanded Veterans Park at the Atlanta History Center, which from what I've read of online reports is rather remarkable...I'll be visiting there soon.
Have a great rest of the weekend and thank you to all who honor what Memorial Day is really for.