31 May Memorial Day: Remember & Honor
We hope you had a relaxing weekend with your family and friends remembering those who have fallen to give us the freedoms we have.
Here are some facts about Memorial Day to give you a deeper appreciation of the holiday:
- Each year, a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3PM local time on Memorial Day.
- It was originally called Decoration Day because people decorated the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers, flags and more.
- Union General John A. Logan founded the holiday on May 30, 1868. It was moved to the final Monday of May by Congress in 1971.
- General Logan chose May 30 because date did not fall on any known battle and because some believe, many flowers are in bloom.
- Traditionally, the President or Vice President gives a speech honoring fallen soldiers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery. Before Memorial Day, the 3rd infantry places flags on over 260,000 graves at Arlington Cemetery.
- Originally, only soldiers that had fallen in the Civil War were honored (over 620,000), but after WWII, it encompassed all soldiers (over 1.3M) that had fallen in any conflict.
“No greater love than this, that one lays down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13
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Enjoy your Day. Give remembrance and thanks. Love those around you.