The Meaning Of Memorial Day

May 24, 2014

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The three-day weekend is more than BBQ’s, Blockbuster movies, and hanging out at the beach. It’s about remembering those who served. The holiday got started on May 30, 1868, when Union General John A. Logan declared the day an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Twenty years later, 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 and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. President Richard M. Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971. Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May. It is an occasion to honor the men and women who died in all wars.

It is customary to mark Memorial Day by visiting graveyards and war monuments. There are others ways that you can honor the men and women that have served our country, like marching in a parade, flying a flag at half-staff, or visit monuments dedicated to soldiers, sailors and marines. So when you light up that grill this weekend, and enjoy the company of your friends and family, remember the men and women that have risked everything to protect our freedom. We remember and salute you all! Happy Memorial Day!

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