MEMORIAL DAY: COMING HOME

 By NORMAN M. COVERT

(Editor’s Note: the following is adapted from a talk prepared for presentation to the Rotary Club of Frederick, Md., May 23, 2012.)

 This is Memorial Day weekend. It is important to ponder that it heralds the homecoming of our young warriors, who gave their most cherished possession, their lives, for our benefit. All around us are the reminders that freedom has never been free and that sometimes our sacrifices are dearer than we can predict or like.

The traditional one-day Decoration Day/Memorial Day has its origin in Mississippi after the War Between the States when a group of Southern ladies decided to mark the graves of both Confederate and Federal soldiers, who had fallen in battle.… Read More