The Herald-Mail newspapers will not publish this coming Monday, May 31, so that our employees may enjoy the Memorial Day holiday with their families. This holiday has become the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, but as our readers head to the beach, or fire up the barbecue grill, we ask them to spend just some time reflecting on the true meaning of the day.
Memorial Day was first observed on May 5, 1866 in Waterloo, N.Y. to honor those who died in the Civil War. For many years afterward, ceremonies were coordinated by the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans of the Civil War.
Consider how different our nation might have been had the Civil War not been fought. A country half the size of the present U.S. certainly would not have been as strong or as prosperous, and without President Lincoln's intervention, can anyone say for sure how long slavery might have continued in the South?