Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. This is a day set aside for remembrance of those that have lost their lives in service of the United States.
It was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor those that have died. The date was chosen because it didn't mark the anniversary of any battle. This was to be a day given only to the respect and honoring of the dead.
National Moment of Remembrance
This resolution was passed in December 2000. It asks that at 3:00 pm, local time, for all Americans "To 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."
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union Veterans, the Grand Army of the Republic, established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30th. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.*
As you celebrate this weekend be sure to take a moment to remember those who have made this day, now a three day weekend, possible.
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