For many people Memorial Day is the first long weekend holiday of the summer, a time to enjoy the outdoors, the canyons, lakes and resorts. For members of the American Legion it is a time to honor our nation’s military, especially those who gave their lives for their country.
Lt. Col. Gary Griffin, Commander of the American Legion’s USU Post 12, says Memorial Day had its origins in the Civil War.
“We have the opportunity to go out and remember those who served in the military and have died, either in service or since,” Griffin said. “It’s a very special day to those of us who wore the uniform. It also has become a day to celebrate our ancestors and those who have gone before us and pay our respect.”
Griffin says he hopes we will all take the opportunity to do that.