Hey, Summer Lovers!
Happy Memorial Day! This federal holiday of the United States is observed to remember and honor the many soldiers who have fallen in service to their country. Initially a day of observance for soldiers who died in the Civil War, the day has since been stretched to honor all soldiers who have fallen during their time in the service of the United States Military.
Because of the observed day off from school or work many people pass the day leisurely with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors (weather permitting), and grilling out or picnicking. Others with a closer connection to those who have served their country might visit cemeteries or memorials.
Memorial Day occurs every year on the last Monday in May, though it didn’t always. It was changed in 1971 under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act from its initial, consistent date, May 30. Check out some more facts you might not know about this holiday:
In honor of the soldiers who have died, friends and family traditionally adorn the grave sites of their loved ones with flowers, wreaths, flags, and alike to celebrate what was originally Decoration Day as the cemeteries were decorated. The name of this holiday was officially changed in the 1880s and became Memorial Day.
There are nine states—Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia—that have officially set a day in addition to Memorial Day that commemorates the Confederate soldiers who died in the war as well. The date of observance tends to vary (except for in Virginia where they celebrate on the same day as Memorial Day).
Congress passed a law 18 years ago that required American citizens to pause at 3:00 in the afternoon on Memorial Day to remember and honor those who died in service. This isn’t exactly an enforced law, nor is it quite common knowledge, but it’s a nice sentiment that you can carry out now that you’re aware.
So Summer Campers, I hope you found these points about this holiday interesting and that this post has given you a better understanding of Memorial Day. From Everything Summer Camp, we wish a Happy Memorial Day to all you Camp Families and, as always, thanks for reading.