MEMORIAL DAY - Past and PresentPosted 05/27/2016 at 08:12 AMMemorial Day holiday is commonly accepted as the "kick-off" of summer. People flock to the beaches, and look forward to the opening of swimming pools, but these are not real reasons why we should celebrate. There is so much more meaning and history behind this holiday.
When was the first Memorial Day celebrated?
To answer this question, let's take a quick look back in the pages of history.
The origin of this holiday dates back to 1862 when Gen. John A Logan called to establish May 30th as "Decoration Day" to honor the graves of 20,000 fallen union and confederate civil war soldiers. By 1890, this was an official date of the holiday celebrated in the northern states.
By the end of World War I in 1918, the "Decorations Day" expanded to honor the 9 million fallen soldiers of this global military conflict. The holiday would grow to encompass all military personnel from all of the wars.
In 1968, The Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed officially designating the last Monday in May as the Federal Holiday recognizing the American military personnel who died serving our country.
The first "Memorial Day" was celebrated in 1971.
We honor our military who lost their lives protecting our country, freedoms, and values. And we thank and acknowledge those who served or are currently serving.
Remember to pay-it-forward by honoring and giving thanks to our servicemen as you celebrate this holiday with family and friends.
AS A THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SERVE OR SERVED OUR COUNTRY...
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