5 Things to Remember About Memorial Day
At the end of this month is a special day for many – Memorial Day. There are a few holidays that I didn’t quite understand and Memorial Day is one of them. While Memorial Day is often used to celebrate the beginning of summer, it isn’t actually all about food, parties or even store sales. So what is Memorial Day? Here are 5 Things to Remember About Memorial Day.
1 – What is Memorial Day? Memorial Day is a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered. It’s traditionally observed on May 30th, but is now observed on the last Monday in May.
2 – History behind the Memorial Day name. Before the 1880s, Memorial Day was known by a different name – Decoration Day. It was a day when family and friends would remember and honor those who died serving their country and was a day to honor those who died during the Civil War. World War I was what prompted the U.S. to expand the meaning of the holiday and to honor members of the military killed in any war. It wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial Day became a federal holiday.
3 – Decorated graves. On Memorial Day, you may notice that graves are decorated with flowers and custom stonework. Poppies are still the flower of choice when it comes to decorating the graves. This is the way many remember and honor those who died and had served in the military during their life.
4 – Who came up with Memorial Day? In May 1868, General John A. Logan, the commander-in-chief of the Union Veterans‘ Group (also known as the Grand Army of the Republic), decreed May 30th to be the nationwide day of commemoration for the soldiers killed in the Civil War (which had recently ended at that point). He chose May 30th because it was a rare day that didn’t fall on the anniversary of an Civil War battle. Plus, it was a day in which flowers were sure to be in full bloom.
5 – Remembering Memorial Day. Every Memorial Day at 3 p.m. local time, Americans all over the country will take one minute to remember and pay tribute to those who have sacrificed to protect and defend our country. On Memorial Day, you’ll also notice that anyone with a flag pole (whether in their front yard or in front of a business) will fly their flag at half-staff until noon. This is another way we honor our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.
For more great Memorial Day content,be sure to check out these awesome posts written by my fellow Chosen Chix bloggers:
- 5 Best Chips to Serve at Your Memorial Day Weekend BBQ by November Sunflower
- How to Explain Memorial Day Etiquette to Kids by Confessions of an Overworked Mom
- 7 Ways To Honor Veterans On Memorial Day by philZENdia
What did you learn about Memorial Day?
Is there anyone special you celebrate?