May 25 - Memorial Day is dedicated to remembering the men and women who gave their lives while in military service protecting our freedom and liberty. Today, we remember their lives, their courage, their legacy and their service. Our Nation is forever indebted to our fallen Servicemembers and today we remember their ultimate sacrifice. "You are not forgotten."
KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 Black children where they marched, sang and celebrated.
One of the best known dogs in World War II, little four pound Smoky was called 'the best mascot in the South Pacific' by Yank magazine which featured this photo with a story. Photo: Copyright 1996 William A. Wynne, used with permission