The start of the summer season, thought to be the three-day weekend on Memorial Day by many. Memorial Day, celebrated the last Monday of May since 1971, is the first weekend of the summer when we set out our banners and American flags. But Memorial Day is much more than picnics, barbecues and three-day weekends. You should know about this beloved of holidays. Get to know when, why and what Memorial Day is all about.
The original day of remembrance of our fallen soldiers in the Civil War, called Decoration Day, first celebrated May 30 1868. Declared by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic as a day of remembrance of all the fallen soldiers, Decoration Day was official. He chose that particular day because no battle took place on that day.
Flowers significant to Memorial Day
The end of May is the choice of this holiday because most of the country has flowers in bloom to pick and decorate anywhere that a fallen soldier may lie in rest.
The red poppy is recognizable by most people with a VFW organization in their area. Every year on Memorial Day weekend there are veterans lining our streets with their change can and red poppies given out as a token of appreciation and as a reminder of our fallen heroes.
New York the first State to Make Memorial Day an Official Holiday.
Many different cities claim bragging rights as the birthplace of Memorial Day. The official birthplace is Waterloo, New York declared by President Lyndon Jonson in 1966.
Decoration Day became a National Holiday in 1971
After the First World War Memorial Day became a day of remembrance of fallen soldiers of all wars.
Many states still have their own Memorial Day celebrations on different dates.
The U.S. 3rd Infantry Brigade place small American flags at each grave at Arlington National Cemetery before Memorial Day, then patrol 24 hours a day during the Memorial Day weekend do the flags keep standing. This routine at Arlington National Cemetery has been a tradition since the 1950s.
Every year Memorial Day starts with the placement of the national wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
National Moment of Remembrance
December 2000 Congress declared there would be a National Moment of Remembrance that will be for a minute every Memorial Day at 3pm and President Bill Clinton signed it into law.
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