Memorial Day 2022

On Memorial Day, we keep alive the memory of those who died for our country.

 “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”- Ronald Reagan

"But it is important for all of us to keep in mind the reason we have this holiday. It is a Federal Holiday dedicated to the memory of members of the United States Armed Forces who have died in service.

Memorial Day, or “Decoration Day,” as it was originally known in the late 1860’s, originated to commemorate the dead soldiers from the Civil War. Usually, these “Decoration Days” were state holidays, and it wasn’t until after the two World Wars that the move came to make it a generalized day of mourning across the country.

So this Memorial Day, take a few moments to think on all the soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, Coast Guardsmen and merchant mariners who have fallen in service to the United States. And, thank you for caring.

– Rudy Rudolph, Post Commander, American Legion Garland-Tompkins Post 399 please click on the links to watch a Memorial Day Video