I pray this message arrives to you in the best of health and spirit as we honor the memory of our veterans today. This holy-day was traditionally observed on May 30 but is now officially observed on the last Monday in May. As such, it provides a nice three-day weekend off. As you know this long weekend is about more than barbecues, blockbusters and the beach. This is a day on which we honor the memory of those who died in active military service. History teaches us that this noble holiday started on May 30, 1868 by Union General John A. Logan who then declared the day an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. In 1888, the name was changed to Memorial Day. On May 11, 1950, Congress passed a resolution requesting that the President issue a proclamation calling on Americans to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace. The resolution also requested that the proclamation designates a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday honoring the men and women who died in all wars. So, to the beloved residents of STR, on this special occasion, please join us and our veterans today at Mathis Veterans Memorial Park (formerly know as Mathis Plaza) at 11:00 a.m. in prayer while honoring the memories of those claimed by wars who have now become ancestors. Thank you from the depth of my heart for your gratitude toward them. Sincerely yours, Mayor Joseph Champagne, Esq.