Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend, beginning of the grilling season and time to get your first sunburn of the year. It is a tribute to the fallen men and women who served this country and made the ultimate sacrifice so we could have the freedoms and opportunities of being an American.
Here are a few facts you may not know about Memorial Day:
- The day was first observed after the Civil Way and was known as Decoration Day when graves of soldiers were decorated.
- It is one of the few days flags are ordered to fly at half-staff.
- It did not become and official holiday until 1968.
- It is known as the unofficial beginning of the summer season.
- It used to be observed every May 30. It was moved to the last Monday of May to ensure a long weekend.
- The wearing of poppies in honor of America’s war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day. It symbolizes resilience.
Memorial Day is similar to Veterans Day. The difference is that Memorial Day is celebrated to remember military service members who have died in the line of duty. This can be if they died in battle or because of wounds sustained in battle. Veterans Day is a time to thank and honor all who served – in wartime or peacetime – regardless of if they died or survived.
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“May we never forget freedom isn’t free.” – unknown