What we call Memorial Day got its start in the Civil War with families decorating the graves of fallen soldiers. We called it Decoration Day then. There was a hymn in the 1860s that got right to the core: it was entitled "Kneel Where Our Loves Are Sleeping."
It's about Army Pfc. Anthony Miller of San Antonio, KIA. Specialist James Kiehl of Comfort and his six buddies from the 507th out of Fort Bliss, ambushed. Memorial Day is about Spec Ops Master Sergeant George Fernandez of El Paso, out of Fort Bragg, classified mission. CWO Scott Jamar of Granbury, a Black Hawk fatality.
Memorial Day is about those and other fellow Texans in Iraq, and all our other men and women who died in service. Desert Storm, Bosnia, Somalia, Viet Nam, Korea, the World Wars, Civil War and lots of other wars and actions.
This weekend about the Stars and Stripes: fly 'em if you got 'em. Show support.
And if it suits you, take some of Memorial Day weekend to look up and say thank you.
Brad Messer commentary, KTSA.
First No. American
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