When most of us think about Memorial Day, we envision parades, barbeques, and the official start of summer. But as we chow down on hot dogs and burgers, we have to remember the true meaning of the holiday.
Memorial Day, previously known as Decoration Day, became a federal holiday in 1967, according to the US Department of Veteran Affairs. The official birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, NY because it was the location of the first formal remembrance ever held for fallen veterans in 1866.
Held on the last Monday of May each year, Memorial Day is a time to honor our nation’s fallen soldiers. Current celebrations on Memorial Day include memorial services, visiting federal cemeteries, and parades. You’ll also see during the day, the flag will wave at half-staff until noon and will then slowly return to full staff.
Of course we all can’t wait to enjoy our barbeques and relax during our day off, but we need to keep our fallen heroes in our minds. After all, this day is all about them. Remember to thank all those in the military on this very important day!
Written by Guest Blogger, Maria Cafferata