Memorial Day ~ The History of.…Jules Hirst
Memorial Day is upon us and as you spend the long weekend enjoying the warm weather and spending time with family and friends, let us not forget the true meaning behind the holiday.
The holiday dates back to the 1860s and began as a time to decorate the graves of soldiers who had given their lives in battle. It was officially called Decoration Day in 1868 by General John Logan. Over the years, the holiday has undergone a few changes. It became known as Memorial Day in the 1880s but the name wasn't officially recognized until 1967 by federal law. It was changed again the next year when the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress. This changed Memorial Day to the last Monday in May and made it a three day weekend.
Traditional celebrations include decorating the graves at our national cemeteries with American flags. Most people are unaware that there is a moment of remembrance at 3pm local time. Another Memorial Day tradition is to fly the American flag at half-staff until noon and then at full-staff until sunset.
While enjoying your time away from work, let's take a moment to remember that this holiday is a remembrance of those who have given their life in battle to protect our freedoms that we enjoy this very day.
On behalf of Etiquette Consulting Inc, we would like to thank those who have faught and died for our freedom.