Happy Friday Elio Elio’ers! We hope this week’s blog finds you preparing for a fun filled three day weekend with your friends and family. Why the three day weekend? Memorial Day, a national day of observance for those that gave their lives for our country through military service.
What do we know about Memorial Day? Let’s take a look at some Memorial Day history to help broaden our knowledge about this important day.
- Memorial Day, first called Decoration Day, was officially recognized as starting in Waterloo, NY by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966 although many other cities claim to be the first. The first ceremony on May 5, 1866 honored Civil War veterans.
- June 28, 1968 the US Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act making Memorial Day the last Monday in May. The original date of observance was May 30th.
- The “National Day of Remembrance” resolution was passed in December 2000. It asks that at 3 p.m. local time all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.”
- Traditionally, the flag is raised “briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.” The half staff position remembers the men and women that gave up their lives in service to their country. The full-staff position is “their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.”
- Taps became a standard component of military funerals in 1891. (Taps video by US Army Band)
Memorial Day is a time for us to remember those who have given everything so that we can enjoy the freedom and the endless opportunities we have as Americans.
Thank you all.
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