Happy Memorial Day, Guys!
I’m off to my mom’s to be surrounded by the people I love most, some yummy eats (my mom is the BEST cook I know) and lots of laughs. While I’m happy to be enjoying the extra day off from work, I’m also very thankful for the reason we can enjoy this extra day.
Some Facts About Memorial Day:
- It’s a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.
- It was originally called Decoration Day.
- Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, who wanted to help mend the relationship between the North and the South, after the Civil War
- It was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
- New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday, in 1873.
- All of the northern states recognized the day by 1890.
- It wasn’t until after World War I that the South acknowledged the day. Before that, they honored their dead on separate days. It was when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war that they recognized Memorial Day.
- Memorial Day became an official holiday in 1971
- It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May.
I hope that no matter where you are, you’re surrounded by good people, yummy eats and beautiful weather! Be thankful for all the good that surrounds you.