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Memory Lane Monday: Memorial Day

Mondays around Cardiac Cane are a day for remembering special moments in Hurricanes history. However, there is one thing every fan can agree upon (yes, even Sabres and Canes fans), the last Monday in May is a special day of remembrance and thanks. It is a day to remember our ancestors, loved ones, neighbors, and friends who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Memorial Day was officially announced on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

“…gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime….let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation’s gratitude,–the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.” –General John Logan, General Order No. 11, 5 May 1868

Unfortunately, countless lives were lost on our soil and others in many battles for our safety and freedom. One day out of 365 is not nearly enough gratitude for those who fought so bravely. There are many ways to honor fallen service men and women not only today, but throughout the year.

  • Visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
  • Visit memorials.
  • Fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day.
  • Fly the ‘POW/MIA Flag’ as well.
  • Participate in a “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played on Memorial Day.
  • Pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of fallen service men and women, and to aid the disabled veterans.

And lastly, tap those sticks Caniacs…

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