TPUUF Members: Memorial Day Remembrances

“Decoration Day,” the original identity of what we now call “Memorial Day,” was officially declared in 1868 as day to honor the sacrifice of soldiers killed in the Civil War by “decorating” their graves with flowers or other tokens of respect and affection. While still marked by military ceremonies and infused with patriotic overtones, Memorial Day has morphed over time into a three-day weekend holiday, a more general day of remembrance for loved ones who have passed away, and even a time to renew calls for world peace. This year, several TPUUF members will share with us remembrances of Memorial Days past, the meaning those remembrances have for them today, and how those remembrances speak to our UU faith and values.