I’ve observed Memorial Day every year for as long as I can remember. My celebration usually consists of visiting loved ones’ graves sometime before the holiday and eating barbecue on the actual day. I’m certain at some point I’ve heard the historical origin of the holiday, but I had forgotten. So, I did a little research, and here’s what I discovered:
~ Memorial Day honors the men and woman who have died in service of the United States military. (I incorrectly assumed we observed this holiday as a day of remembrance for all deceased loved ones.)
~ Originally, Memorial Day was set aside to honor those who fought and died in the Civil War. However, since the United States fought several wars after the Civil War, Memorial Day now honors all who died in military service.
~ Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day because people placed decorations at gravesides to honor deceased loved ones.
~ Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971.
~ A national moment of remembrance is held at 3 p.m. local time throughout the country.
For more information about Memorial Day, click here. Happy Memorial Day, everybody!