Memorial Day (An American Holiday) is the day of honoring the people (men and women) who died while serving in the Military of United States. Memorial Day in United States is celebrated every year on the last Monday of May. It was also known as Decoration Day, originated at the end of American Civil War (1868). Memorial Day 2017 will be observed on Monday 29th May, 2017.
What is Memorial Day?
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It is the Day of Honor, honor to those who died while serving in US Armed Forces. Memorial Day is the federal holiday in the United States, which observed on the last Monday of May, every year. This day originated as Decoration Day after American Civil War (1868). (Why it named as Decoration Day?) Grand Army of Republic (an organization of Union Veterans) formerly introduced this day for the nation to decorate the graves of the soldiers which died during the war with flowers.
Memorial Day Meaning
We often tend to forget the true meaning of this day. What is the true meaning of this day? To memorize you: Memorial Day is reserved for those American Soldiers who laid their lives so that the others may live a peaceful life, this is a special day to pay tribute to the indomitable will, eternal courage and great love for the nation that resonates in their heart.
Often we don’t observe Memorial Day but on this day we should actively remember our family members, our loved ones, our friends, and all of them who have bravely confront the enemies and crushed their nefarious desires while guarding their land with their most precious possessions, their lives
- By visiting cemeteries to place a flag or decorate the graves of fallen heroes with flowers
- By participating in the National Moment of Remembrance and realize what is the true meaning of Memorial Day?
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MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY
From Decoration Day (the former name) to Memorial Day
General John A. Logan (the commander of the Grand Army of the Republic) declared that Decoration Day be observed on 30th of May. In the first National Celebration of Decoration Day, James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after the speech 5000 people who participated helped to decorate the graves of 20,000 honored soldiers who were buried there.
“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”
– James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery
In the past, Union and Confederate Holidays observed on different days. But by the late 19th century, when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, both holidays merged to pay the tribute to all the soldiers who died in all Wars, rather than only in American Civil War. This is how Decoration Day change to Memorial Day.
“I look at the evolution of it. Memorial Day started out as Decoration Day and that was a day when they were decorating the graves and remembering the fallen of the Civil War. It evolved over the years to be a day to memorialize and decorate the graves of all veterans who have fallen in all wars,”
– Commander Dan Hall
New York (in 1873) was the first state to officially observe this day. Later in 1890 it was gradually recognized by the other northern states. But Southern States still refuse to acknowledge the day, honoring their soldiers on separate days until after World War II with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by Congress, in which Memorial Day established as the last Monday of May in order to create a Memorial Day Weekend (three days) for federal holidays.
So, WHEN IS MEMORIAL DAY 2017?
Memorial Day 2017 will be celebrated on 29th May, 2017.
On this day, you can pay tribute and show your love to your families specially army persons through Facebook by updating your status, by writing some Memorial Day Quotes on WhatsApp, twitter and other social media websites. We have a great collection of Memorial Day Images, Quotes, Messages, and Wishes etc. to make this Memorial Day more gratifying.
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