Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?

As we all get ready for anexciting “holiday weekend” you may be celebrating the thought of anextended weekend, a BBQ with friends, or perhaps the opening of your pool.Memorial Day happens each year on the last Monday of May and it unofficiallymarks the beginning of summer.

Do you know the real reason for this holiday? What about the history behind it?

Here are some cool facts about Memorial Day:

  • Up until 1971 Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30th. In 1968 the UniformMonday Holiday Act was passed which changed the observance of Memorial Day tothe last Monday in May. This law provided a three-day weekend to federal employees andrecognized the day as a federal holiday.
  • Memorial Day was initially known as “Decoration Day”, a day fordecorating gravesites of those that were lost in war with flowers.
  • Eachyear on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 pmlocal time.
  • Memorial Day is often celebrated with local parades that incorporate militaryorganizations and many individuals visit local cemeteries and memorials.

This Memorial Day I hope you all enjoy the extra time spent with those you love, but let’s all make sure we take a few minutes and honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Happy Memorial Day!

– Anna