Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day

Memorial Day is less than a week away now and many people are looking forward to a 3 day weekend. It's a weekend where many people will have backyard barbecues surrounded by family and friends. Too easily, we forget the real meaning behind Memorial Day which is to remember and honor those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. This is not to say that there is anything wrong with spending Memorial Day with your family and friends but it's important to remember that on this day off we should all be mindful and grateful for the sacrifices some have made in the name of our great nation. Here are a few other things people may not know about Memorial Day:

1. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day in the years following the Civil War. The term "Memorial Day" didn't become common until after WWII.

2. Although the holiday has been observed since the late 1860's it wasn't declared a federal holiday until 1971.

3. On Memorial Day, the United States flag is raised to the top of the staff but then lowered to half-staff until noon in remembrance of the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country but at noon the flag is raised to full-staff as a way of saying that their sacrifice will not be in vain and that others will take up the fight in their place.

4. Waterloo, New York is considered the birthplace of Memorial Day.

5. In October of 2000, the United States Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act stating that at 3:00 PM local time, on Memorial Day, American Citizens should pause in an act of national unity to honor the heroes who've lost their life fighting for our freedom.

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