Next Monday many of us will gather with our family and friends to celebrate Memorial Day. For many of us, it is a day of good food and good company. If the weather is nice enough it may be the first day to make a splash in the pool. It’s a day of relaxation and spending quality time with people you love. It might also be about shopping some of those great Memorial Day sales. For many others, it’s a day of remembrance and that is the historical context of the day.
Memorial Day History
Memorial Day was first celebrated on May 30, 1868 following the end of the Civil War. In an effort to help heal the nation, flowers were placed on the graves in the North and the South. The holiday was later expanded to honor and remember all of the men and women who have fought and died in America’s wars.
Memorial Day was declared a Federal holiday in 1971 and is now celebrated on the last Monday of May. Flowers and flags are the two most popular items purchased to remember soldiers on Memorial Day. If you are displaying a flag, it should be at half-staff until noon and then raised to the top of the staff if possible.
How do you celebrate Memorial Day with your family?