It was founded in the years that followed the Civil War, but following World War I it was expanded to include those who died in any and all wars or military conflicts.
As is often the case in this country, such venerated observances are utilized as benchmarks for less hallowed occasions. In this manner, Memorial Day represents the “unofficial” start to Summer and to the “vacation season” with Labor Day representing the conclusion.
If I might follow in kind, I would like to appropriate this observance to honor those dear departed who have paid the ultimate price for their faith.
As this is Memorial Day for those who have served in wars for the cause of American secular pluralism, I shall instead remember those who have died for the Name of Jesus Christ… from Stephanos (the first martyr) to those that are dying even I write these words down.
Brethren… even though I know you not, you are in my prayers… you precious saints, of whom the world is not worthy.