Many citizens of the Tri-State area spent yesterday enjoying the last day of a three-day holiday weekend. Memorial Day has become the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, but as our readers come home from the beach or clean up the barbecue grill, we ask them to spend some time today reflecting on the true meaning of Memorial 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?