Memorial Day is often considered the unofficial kick off to summer. But please remember the true purpose of this holiday weekend.
Memorial Day is meant to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our Country.
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
As you enjoy your long weekend, take some time to give thanks for those who gave their lives so you have the freedom to bar-b-que, and enjoy time with your friends and family.
Please take extra time to say a prayer for the families of the soldiers that have given their lives during Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Iraqi Freedom this year.
Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Q. McClintock 30, of Albuquerque, N.M.; died Jan. 5 in Marjah District, Afghanistan, serving during Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, from wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Washington National Guard, Buckley, Wash.
Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin a 27-year-old field artilleryman serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom, with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, was killed at about 9 a.m. Saturday March 19th when Islamic State group militants launched a rocket attack on a coalition base in Makhmur. Eight other Marines were injured in the attack on the newly established base, which is roughly 60 miles outside of Mosul. Cardin was deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which sent a detachment of Marines to Makhmur to guard the base. The Marines were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military's campaign against ISIS.
Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles H. Keating IV 31, of San Diego, California, serving during Operation Inherent Resolve, died May 3 in Tall Usquf, Iraq, of combat related causes. He was assigned to a West Coast-based Navy SEAL Team.
1st Lt. David A. Bauders, of Seattle, Wash., died May 6, on Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, serving during Operation Inherent Resolve, in a non-combat related incident. Bauders was assigned to 176th Engineer Company, Snohomish, Wash.
All of us at Webb Weekly send our thoughts, prayers, and thanks to the family and friends of those who have given their life in the protection of our Country.