(BETHEL) It's rainy here today, so much for the holiday barbeques. But maybe it's fitting, dreary weather to remind us of the real meaning of this sacred day.
The Civil War, which left so much carnage on the green fields of America did achieve President Lincoln's goal of saving the Union, and as a result the war dead were remembered with a mixture of fondness and gratitude. And on the first days of summer, when the grass was turning green and leaves spreading, the people of America took to the cemetaries to decorate the graves of the fallen, Union and Confederate, Blue and Gray. The tradition of course took hold, and little children who had no conception of waar, save the stories told them by local veterans, took to the fields where the soldiers lay, and honored them with flowers and flags.