In May 1868, General John A. Logan, the commander-in-chief of the Union veterans’ group known as the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a decree that May 30 should become a nationwide day of commemoration for the soldiers killed in the recently ended Civil War. On Decoration Day, as Logan dubbed it, Americans should lay flowers and decorate the graves of the war dead “whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.” According to legend, Logan chose May 30 because it was a rare day that didn’t fall on the anniversary of a Civil War battle, though some historians believe the date was selected to ensure that flowers across the country would be in full bloom.

We have lost over a million of U.S. citizens in war, the largest being the Civil War and WWII. This weekend, we remember their sacrifice, and honor their lives, along with all of those who have served our great nation.

Coraopolis is proud to have one of the largest Memorial Day Parades in our area, and we are proud to have had so many servicemen and servicewomen come from here. Let us not forget those who have lost their lives and their family members, and let us not take for granted the freedom we have today.

Is there someone you will be remembering this weekend whose story you would be willing to share with us?  Please post the names, stories, or photos of veterans you wish to honor.

Your most thoughtful comments are welcome!