So…if you’re like most of us you’re excited about the upcoming long weekend. Grills will soon be fired up, sun will hopefully be shining and the long awaited “unofficial” return of summer begins with the Memorial Day weekend. Traditionally we all look forward to a break as schools come to a close, the weather turns and the season of swimming, grilling and sun lays before us filled with optimism and opportunities to play, vacation and relax.
We hope everyone enjoys the day and that it serves as the start of an amazing summer.
But before we light up that grill, throw on those burgers, steaks and hot dogs let’s all take a moment and remember what it is we’re celebrating on the last Monday in May every year since 1971.
Memorial Day unofficially began following the Civil War in 1868 to honor those fallen during this time of great divide in our nation’s history. It was set up as a day to decorate the graves of soldiers that had given all and deserved a moment’s reflection and gratitude. Different groups and communities adopted similar traditions and expanded upon the idea leading up to it’s official status in 1971 as a federal holiday.
It’s customary on Memorial Day to fly old glory at half staff until noon, and then raise to the top of the staff until sunset that night. Other customs throughout our nation include parades honoring our veterans, visiting military cemeteries and volunteering at local VA hospitals and clinics. In addition, Congress in 2000 set up a national moment of reflection to remind us to take a moment and give thanks to those we honor on this day. Every Memorial Day at 3PM, Americans are asked to break from whatever we’re doing and observe a moment of silence to that end.
We are fortunate to live in a nation where so many have served and fought to protect the freedoms and liberties we enjoy. Many have given much, some have sacrificed all. We are forever thankful to each of them and remember them on this day.
Our wishes to all for a safe and reverent Memorial Day weekend. Have fun, enjoy the time with family and friends – but take a few moments throughout the festivities to remember those that made it all possible.
Leave a comment down below and share with us what Memorial Day means for you and how you celebrate this special day.
Until next time,