Monday, May 29, 2017

MEMORIAL DAY

Quote for the week:

 Today, the U. S. celebrates Memorial Day. You may already know this, but in case you don't here's how this honor to fallen soldiers was started. From Wikipedia.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.[1] It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season,[4] while Labor Day marks its end.

The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from "Decoration Day" to "Memorial Day," which was first used in 1882.[45] Memorial Day did not become the more common name until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967.[46] On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend.[47] The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971.[47] After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply, all 50 states adopted Congress' change of date within a few years.

I did not know this, but now I do. How about you?


Tomb of the Unknown!


Gettysburg National Cemetery! 

Thank you to the men and women who gave their all for our freedom.

Happy Reading!



8 comments:

  1. Love the quote Beverly.
    Some years back I was in the US on Memorial Day,
    We were taken to Wahington DC, then on to Arlinton Cemetary, it was an awesome sight to behold.

    Enjoy your day.
    Yvonne.

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    1. I bet it was awesome, Yvonne. I've never been there. Thanks. Have a lovely day too.

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  2. Okay, so question my mom and I have...for years, they've seen Memorial Day as the day to decorate their relatives' graves. These relatives weren't in the military at all. It seems I've heard other people do that, too. Do some people see the holiday as a reason to pay tribute to their non-military loved ones, as well?

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    1. Interesting, Stephanie. I never thought about it, but, and I'm thinking about myself here, sometimes people neglect visiting the cemetery, and Memorial Day reminds them, so they honor their loved ones too, military or not. Just a thought.

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  3. Didn't know it had another name either. I knew it took a while to truly enact though.

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    1. That's one good thing about the Internet, Pat. We can learn so much, as long as we're careful about the source.

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  4. I vaguely remember the name change. I must have read about it at some time. We rename all the time. The Defense Department used to be The War Department. Clever those government people to make us think we're not in the business of war. :-)

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  5. They like to keep us confuse, I guess, c lee. What is that old saying? Just as I learn all the answers, they change all the questions. My brother was stationed in Egypt during the war and met his wife there.

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