Memorial Day is a way to honor those killed in battle. I honor those victims of all sides – Whether enlisted men and women, or civilians. Whether they died on a battlefield or from mental, emotional, or physical anguish as a consequence. The cost of war is too high.
Today, I also remember the Freedmen of South Carolina, the men and women who, in 1865, made individual graves for the soldiers dumped in a mass grave at Washington Race Course, turning it into a graveyard, and hosting the first Decoration Day there.