They left a lasting legacy of freedom

We set aside the last Monday of every May to honor the men and women who lost their lives while serving is the United State military. The annual commemoration we now know as Memorial Day has its roots here in Illinois, and it came about because of Union General turned Illinois Congressman John A. Logan.

Seeing the need for continued remembrance of those who had fallen in the Civil War, Logan issued his General Order Number 11 establishing Dedication Day:

“The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.” 

Over the years, Logan's legacy, Dedication Day was changed to Memorial Day and while it was originally a day to honor those lost while fighting in the Civil War, after the end of World War I the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

Today we honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and who have left us a lasting legacy of freedom. God bless our fallen heroes this Memorial Day and always.