“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” — Harry S. Truman
Happy Memorial Day. This is a day noted for the celebration of those who have fought to defend the freedoms that exist in these United States of America.
Do you know how this holiday began?
History tells us the Memorial Day holiday, originally called Decoration Day, began as an occasion to honor the fallen Union soldiers from the Civil War. Following World War I, the honoring was expanded to include all fallen men and women from every American conflict or war. Then following World War II the name Decoration Day was changed to Memorial day.
Originally the holiday was celebrated on May 30th regardless of the day of the week. On June 28, 1968 President Johnson signed the Uniform Holiday Bill. This bill provided for new celebration dates for three holidays: Memorial day, Washington’s birthday and Veteran’s Day. The bill also made Columbus Day a Federal holiday. In his press release President Johnson noted “The provisions of this bill insure a minimum of five regularly recurring 3-day weekends each year for Federal employees.” In addition Johnson noted it would prevent private businesses from having to suspend their operations in the middle of a week. (Wonder what Johnson would have thought of “Black Friday.”)
some of the traditions of the Memorial Day weekend include: The wearing of poppies
Tributes to fallen service people
The Indianapolis 500
NCAA College lacrosse Final Four
Of course there are the picnics, the golf games, the grave site visitations and the chance for families to gather and celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as well as the unofficial, official beginning of Summer.
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.” — Maya Angelou
Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.
from The Foss Home Team