Memorial Day

Memorial Day

A Day Of Honor For Those Who Served

1971, the year Memorial Day became a National holiday, seems like a very long time in coming.  Following the Civil War, this day was originally named, “Decoration Day,” to honor solders who gave their lives in the civil war.  Memorial Day honors men and women who served, and gave their lives in the armed services.
Let us remember them for this moment as these words, so eloquently written, express,

“Soldier rest!  Thy Warfare O’er ~ Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
SOLDIER, rest! thy warfare o’er,
Sleep the sleep that
knows no breaking,
Dream of battled fields no more.
Days of danger, nights of waking.”
. . . Huntsman, rest! thy chase is done; . . .

In memory of those who served and passed before us and appreciation to those brave men and women serving now, “THANK YOU.”

DAY DATE YEAR Traditionally, flags of the United States are flown at half staff from dawn until noon. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Memorial day is (also) traditionally seen as the start of summer cultural activities and events.
MONDAY  MAY 27  2018 Memorial Day is combined with Jefferson Davis’ Birthday in Mississippi.
Memorial Day is a Federal Holiday and an occasion of remembrance. 
MONDAY MAY 28 2019 Picnics, sports events and family gatherings are popular on this weekend.
MONDAY  MAY 25  2020  It is  appropriate to wear white clothes, even white shoes, from Memorial Day until Labor Day. However, fewer people now follow this custom.

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Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The actual name we know today as, “Memorial Day,” did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell.

In 1968, the, ‘Uniform Holidays Bill,’ was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that that, from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took longer for all American states to recognize this new and different date.

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“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”  ~Plato