As Memorial Day approaches, it is time to pause and consider the true meaning of the holiday. Memorial Day is meant to honor those Americans who died while defending our Nation and its values. Although we should honor these heroes every day for their ultimate sacrifice for our Nation, Memorial Day was borne so that we could take time to honor them.
For those who are unaware, in December 2000, a resolution was passed that asks all Americans to pause for one minute at 3:00 p.m. (local time) on Memorial Day, to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom for all. This resolution is known as the “National Moment of Remembrance”.
Each Memorial Day signifies a way to commemorate our history and honor the men and woman who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.
A fellow blogger, Joan Hall, shared these Memorial Day Facts on her blog, but for those of you that don’t know, I am sharing again:
It wasn’t always celebrated the last Monday of May: Due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which took effect in 1971, Memorial Day was moved t0 the last Monday of May to ensure long weekends.
It was originally called Decoration Day: To commemorate all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States.
It’s legally required to observe a National Moment of Remembrance.
James A. Garfield delivered a rather lengthy speech at the first Memorial Day ceremony: On May 30, 1868, he addressed the several thousand people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery. “If silence is ever golden it must be beside the graves of 15,000 men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem the music of which can never be sung.”
Nine states observe Confederate Memorial Day: A day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War: Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia.
Waterloo, New York is considered the birthplace of Memorial Day, although there are many other places that make this claim to fame.
More than 36 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day.
As a tribute to our fallen military service men and women, we visit cemeteries and memorials and place flags and flowers on their graves, and hold parades in their honor. In national cemeteries, volunteers place an American flag on each grave.
This week, many of us will be making plans to kick off summer and celebrate Memorial Day. There will be parades, cookouts, and many outdoor activities.
The long weekend gives many of us time to unwind and relax, before going back to a shortened work week.
I hope you have a safe, happy Memorial Day. Freedom isn’t free. Thank a Veteran.