Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, as Labor Day is generally recognized as the end. Bar-b-ques and parties will be plenty. Many will attend memorials and visit cemeteries also, remembering those in the Armed Forces that gave their lives. Memorial Day is a Federal Holiday that is observed the last Monday in May. This date was chosen because of all the flowers that are in bloom at this time of year. Memorial Day was called “Decoration Day” for many years. People would go to cemeteries and decorate the graves of those who died in service to their country. The Union and Confederacy had different dates and traditions to honor the fallen, but the dates were merged following President Lincoln’s assassination. Many places claim to have originated Memorial Day, however, in 1966 President Johnson signed a proclamation naming Waterloo, New York as the birthplace. Large celebrations take place in Gettysburg, PA, and Arlington, VA, each year, as well as most communities across the United States.
Whatever your plans are for the three-day weekend, please take time to remember and honor those who gave all while in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.