Memorial Day, observed every year on the last Monday of May, is a federal holiday devoted to remembering the people who died while serving in this nation’s armed forces. It was originally designated as Decoration Day when the Grand Army of the Republic, a Civil War organization of Union Army veterans from Decatur, Illinois established it as a time for the nation to honor and decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. Later the name was changed to Memorial Day and eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. George Washington was of course the first President of The United States of America, but it was more likely he was speaking as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, when he said, "The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation". While it is appropriate to honor those who gave their all for this nation we have an ongoing obligation to those who were fortunate enough to return, many with broken bodies and/or minds tortured by the stress of living through, and witnessing, the unspeakable. There is a saying that is attributed to that ageless philosopher called “Anon” that goes, “A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America,’ for an amount up to and including their life.” For that dedication, that sacrifice, that patriotism, we owe them, big time!