All of us at Winchester Repeating Arms wish you the very best this Memorial Day weekend. We all know that Memorial Day has a deep and profound meaning for America and the entire world. It has nothing to do with a long weekend of recreation. It is a solemn time for all of us to remember the men and women who have given everything, even their lives, in the defense of America and the establishment of freedom across the world.
The Library of Congress explains the story behind the creation of Memorial Day. "In 1868, Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic issued General Order Number 11 designating May 30 as a memorial day “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.”