Memorial Day is a federal holiday that we celebrate every year in the United States. On this day, we honor all of the men and women who died serving their country.
Although it was not commemorated on a specific day, nor was it done necessarily annually, Memorial Day can be dated back to ancient Greece and Rome. Back then, there were festivals celebrated to remember all of loved ones who had passed on. In Athens, there used to be a remembrance after every battle.
In the 19th century, the U.S. joined the ranks. On May 5, 1865, Major General John A. Logan announced the start of Decoration Day while also saying that it should be held on May 30th because it was not on the anniversary of any certain battle.
“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land”
~ Major General John A. Logan
This was the start of what we know to be Memorial Day. Immediately, Americans took to this holiday however, it wasn’t until 1971 that it was recognized as a federal holiday. Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 is what moved this holiday away from May 30th, allowing the holiday to be celebrated on a Monday, no matter the day of the week.
STAY SAFE THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Many people take advantage of this holiday to many things. This includes barbecuing, going to the beach, fishing, boating and much more. If you plan on doing any of these this weekend, here are some tips for you and your loved ones to help you stay safe.
- When grilling, make sure that everything is clean before sing it. Make sure the grill is located in a safe place, away from all fire hazards.
- When near the water, watch for weather and make sure not to leave kids unsupervised.
- When doing any of these activities, make sure to take caution with alcohol.
- If you plan on drinking, DO NOT drink and drive and also be sure not to let your loved ones do the same.
Stay safe this holiday weekend. Happy Memorial Day!