Memorial Day What You Should Know
Before you tuck into that plate of ribs this Memorial Day, take a moment to remember why Americans all over the United States celebrate this special day.
Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day began as a way to remember and honor the men and women who died during military service; however, there are some other things that you may not be aware of.
Decoration Day was meant to honor military members who died during America’s Civil war between 1861 and 1865. The deadliest war on American soil to date, 620,000 Americans lost their lives with 645,000 Americans passing in all other conflicts put together.
Although thousands of communities all across the United States celebrated Decoration Day, it wasn’t until May 5 1855 that the federal government declared it an official holiday. May 30 was the day that Memorial Day was celebrated with congress officially establishing it on the last Monday in May in 1971.
On December 28, 2000, President Bill Clinton designated 3:00 pm local time as the National Moment of Remembrance when he signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act.
Red poppies are traditional and given as a symbol of remembrance every Memorial Day.
Memorial Day was originally started as a way to honor the Union Soldiers who fell during the Civil war.
The first Decoration Day was held in 1866 at the Arlington National Cemetery with more than 5000 people in attendance.
This Memorial Day take a moment for the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 pm and have a safe and happy holiday.