In honor of the holiday, I thought I’d share some facts and traditions about Memorial Day with you today.
- Memorial Day began as a holiday in 1868.
- It was originally held to commemorate the Union dead in the Civil War. And today, several southern states hold Confederate Memorial Day celebrations.
- The holiday used to be held on May 30 until 1971, when it was made one of the “Monday” holidays by the federal government, and is now celebrated on the last Monday in May.
- Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day.
- Poppies are a symbol of remembrance and on Memorial Day, many veterans’ organizations pass out silk poppies to everyone to wear, to remember those who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of their country.
- Memorial Day traditionally begins the summer season, the first of the major summer holidays of Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.
- On Memorial Day, the American flag is raised to half-staff until noon, then is raised to full staff for the rest of the day.
- The National Memorial Day Concert takes place each year on the west lawn of the United States Captiol building.
- The Indianapolis 500 auto race has been held on Memorial Day every year since 1911.
I hope this Memorial Day you remember and honor those who have given their lives in the service of their country.
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY