Memorial Day 2022 means something different to each of us. According to the website, usmemorialday.org, Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The holiday was originally called Decoration Day and was celebrated on May 30 each year. In later years, the holiday was moved to the last Monday in May to create a three day holiday weekend. Regardless of the date or time, the purpose of the holiday is to recognize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.
Memorial Day 2022 and Red Poppies
The wearing of poppies in honor of America’s war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day. In the war-torn battlefields of Europe, following World War I, the red field poppy was one of the first plants to grow. The practice of wearing of poppies was inspired by the poem In Flanders Fields, written in 1915 by Canadian soldier John McCrae. McCrae wrote the poem in honor of his friend, Lt. Alexis Helmer, who was killed during battle. McCrae saw the poppies during burials around his artillery position. The poem is printed below.
In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Office Closed in Honor of Memorial Day 2022
The attorneys and staff of Kennedy, Kennedy, Robbins & Yarbro, LC, would like to take this opportunity to thank those families whose loved ones served and died in defense of our country, so that we may enjoy our freedom.
Our office will be closed to observe Memorial Day 2022 on Monday, May 30, 2022. The office will reopen Tuesday, May 31, 2022.