Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?

Hey Gang!  Here is video and a re-post of a blog article from Time Magazine that perfectly sums of the meaning of today.  As you enjoy time with your family, please take time to honor the ultimate sacrifice our fighting men and women have given so that we may enjoy our freedom.

God Bless, Tim Marks

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Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?

by Tessa Berenson

This is the real meaning of the holiday.

It’s easy to forget what Memorial Day actually means while you’re sitting by the pool and looking ahead at summer vacation—but the day signifies much more than just a three-day weekend.

Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for everyone who has died serving in the American armed forces. The holiday, originally known as Decoration Day, started after the Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate dead.

It’s unclear exactly where the holiday originated—Charleston, S.C., Waterloo, N.Y., Columbus, Ga. and other towns all claim to be the birthplace of the holiday. The event in Charleston that may have precipitated the holiday offers poignant evidence of a country struggling to rebuild itself after a bloody war: 257 Union soldiers died in prison in Charleston during the Civil War and were buried in unmarked graves, and the town’s black residents organized a May Day ceremony in which they landscaped a burial ground to properly honor the soldiers.

In the years following the Civil War, Memorial Day celebrations were scattered and, perhaps unsurprisingly, took root differently in the North and South. It wasn’t until after World War II that the holiday gained a strong following and national identity, and it wasn’t officially named Memorial Day until 1967.

The final event that cemented the modern culture of Memorial Day in America was in 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Act, designating Memorial Day as the last Monday in May rather than May 30, as it had previously been observed. This ensured a three-day weekend and gave the day its current status as the unofficial beginning of summer, mixing serious reflection with more lighthearted fun.

3 thoughts on “Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?”

  1. This year we buried my wife’s Grandfather in a National Cemetery w/ thousands of other soldiers, Tue we will be in another doing the same for a friend, I’m glad our country remembers those that gave us our Freedoms, Yesterday I had the privilege of taking my Marine Corps Father to lunch to celebrate this holiday & say thank you for his service
    Thanks Tim & May God Bless America and its Service Men & Women

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