This site was created in the fall of 1994 to be a central point of information about Memorial Day in the United States of America, help restore its original intent, and to provide others a chance to share their feelings, pride, respect, and honor for those that gave their all. With the improvements in, and proliferation of, Internet search engines, the site dropped having portals or directories linking to external links, and instead focused on providing a place where people can share their poems, prayers, articles, and speeches written about the true meaning of Memorial Day. In the spring of 2009 the site’s original creator, David Michael Merchant, turned it over to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) for ongoing maintenance and upkeep. In 2014 it was redesigned by SUVCW webmaster Joshua Claybourn.
Why is this needed? Memorial Day started off as a somber day of remembrance; a day when Americans went to cemeteries and placed flags or flowers on the graves of our war dead. It was a day to remember ancestors, family members, and loved ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
But now, too many people “celebrate” the day without more than a casual thought to the purpose and meaning of the day. How do we honor the 1.8 million that gave their life for America since 1775? How do we thank them for their sacrifice? We believe Memorial Day is one day to remember.