The True Meaning of Memorial Day
For many, Memorial Day is a three day weekend spent barbecuing with friends and family. A weekend that unofficially kicks off the start to summer, huge sales at all of your favorite stores, and a Monday off from work. Over the years, Memorial Day has lost it’s true meaning.
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our country. This day is celebrated on the last Monday of the month of May.
Some Memorial Day history and facts:
- It was first known as Decoration Day.
- Waterloo New York is the official birthplace of Memorial Day, first celebrating it on May 5th, 1866.
- 3pm on Memorial Day is the National Moment of Remembrance. The minute long moment of silence honors those who have died in service.
- Red poppies are known as a symbol of remembrance.
- It was first observed at the Arlington cemetery.
- On Memorial Day, the flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon. It should then be raised to the top of the staff until sunset. Source
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