Why is the Ground Hallowed?

Today is Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, a holiday that is believed to have originated in my hometown of Columbus, Mississippi, to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the Civil War and decorate their graves at Friendship Cemetery.  It is the resting place of veterans of the American Revolution, War of 1812, the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Memorial Day is one of our uniquely American holidays, along with Veterans' Day and Thanksgiving.  While each has a different emphasis, they are all grounded in the central idea that we should be thankful to our Creator for our individual freedom and to those who were -- and currently are -- willing to sacrifice everything to maintain and protect that freedom. Other countries memorialize their heroes in some way, but America is different.  In every war in which we have ever fought, our soldiers, sailors, marines and...(Read Full Post)