How many of us out there only really know Memorial Day as a day we get off of work?? Or as a timeline in fashion sense- knowing that you can only wear white shoes between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Sadly, that is how Memorial Day is treated… especially for the younger generations. I too, remember Memorial Day because of the day off of work. But this year I want it to be different. This year on Memorial Day I took time out of my day to remember those who fought for our country and gave their lives for my freedom (and yours too).
I took some time today to research Memorial Day and to really understand where it came from and why we celebrate. Here is just a little about what I found:
- It was officially proclaimed a holiday on May 5, 1868.
- The first state to recognize the holiday was New York in 1873.
- It was first celebrated by putting flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetary.
- In 2000 there was a “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution passed to help re-educate Americans on the true meaning of Memorial Day…did it help?
- Also, there are special flag etiquette that need to be followed for Memorial Day:
On Memorial Day, the flag should be flown at half-staff until mid-day. It should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
So, instead of just thinking about Memorial Day as a day that you get off of work or when you can start wearing white shoes again, you should take time to remember those who fought for your freedom and gave their lives so that you could have a better one.
Happy Memorial Day to all!