Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. People enjoy camping, barbeques, shopping, and a long weekend that works its way into the lazy days of summer. Although it seems like the only reason that people enjoy Memorial Day is that they get an extra day off from work. There are other reasons to celebrate the holiday.
- · The original day that was set to celebrate the holiday, started shortly after the civil war, so that the soldiers that gave their lives during the war.
- · A law created in 2000, which stated that a minute of silence be observed on 3P.M. local time on Memorial Day.
- · The original name for Memorial Day was Decoration Day and was supposed to be held on May 30 of every year. After a few years, Decoration Day encompassed all of the military veterans in all of the branches of the military.
- · The Uniform Monday holiday act of 1968 changed the day that Memorial Day is celebrated. Now it celebrated on the last Monday of May since the passing of that act, and became a national holiday three years later into 1971.
- · Washington D.C., Chicago, and New York City are cities that have some of the largest Memorial Day parades.
- · The federal government gave Waterloo, New York the title of birthplace of Memorial Day. The city celebrated it first Memorial Day in 1866.
The celebration of Memorial Day is more than is perceived. Yes, you will get an extra day off from work. There are going to be great sales in grocery and department stores. You will have your friends over to your house and you gorge on hot dogs and hamburgers. You can also remember the true meaning of Memorial Day. When you are doing any of your normal holiday activities, pause a moment and remember the people that stand on that line and protect us.