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Remembering Memorial Day

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On May 29, 2016
Remembering Memorial Day

The last Monday in May marks the day that we honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

Memorial Day, which was originally known as Decoration Day, began in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Each year, a national moment of remembrance take place at 3:00 pm local time.

One of the major events that people look forward to on Memorial Day is the President or Vice President’s speech followed by them laying a wreath on The Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Many people celebrate the day by hosting family parties, participating in parades, and visiting cemeteries and war monuments.

While each state hosts a variation of events to honor the men and women of service, here are a few common ways in which you can show your respect on Memorial Day:

  • Place flags or flowers on the graves of men and women who served in the war
  • Visit monuments dedicated to soldiers, marines, and sailors
  • March in a local parade
  • Participate in the national remembrance at 3 pm
  • Fly the U.S. flag at half-staff until noon
  • Thank a Veteran

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed in 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.

“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”

Happy Memorial Day to all, and a very special Thank You to all our veterans. We appreciate your devotion to our safety and our country.

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