Memorial Day: A Day of Honor and Remembrance

On Memorial Day, we pause to honor the brave men and women who have died in the military service of the United States of America.  I hope that on this day you will fly the US flag, visit and decorate the grave sites or memorials of our country’s fallen soldiers, and take the time to remember and honor those who have given their all in the service of our country.

To honor our fallen soldiers, the National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed by Congress in December 2000, which asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause for one minute in an act of national unity to honor those who died in defense of our freedom.  I encourage all to participate.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, and its roots can be traced back to the Civil War. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.  It was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873.  Memorial Day is now a federal holiday which is celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May.

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