The History of Memorial Day

first_img Finally our president is back from foreign soil and is talking some sense for a change…..LOL…..talking about replacing his entire cabinet or maybe just some……bravo! Let’s start replacements with Price, DeVos, Priubus, Pruitt, Sessions, Haley, Carson, Bannon, Mulvaney, Conway, and Tillerson, and oh, he can just keep Spicer, guess I got used to him….LOL. Also put his son-in-law back over the golf resorts mainly away from Russian power plays behind the scenes…..LOL Reply From The History ChannelMemorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.EARLY OBSERVANCES OF MEMORIAL DAYThe Civil War claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history, requiring the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo—which had first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.DECORATION DAYOn May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “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,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Many Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.EVOLUTION OF MEMORIAL DAYMemorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.MEMORIAL DAY TRADITIONSCities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a less somber note, many people throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.For the entire article, and several videos about Memorial Day, go here.1.1 million American soldiers have died in wartime. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom 6 COMMENTS Mama Mia May 28, 2017 at 3:54 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. May 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm Mama Mia Reply I meant to say their all instead of there all, sorry……… TAGSMemorial DayThe HIstory Channel Previous articleMS and me!Next article5 easy tips for a stunning summer yard Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mama Mia Reply Please enter your comment! I hope everyone is having a very nice Memorial Day weekend. Remember those who gave there all for our country.center_img May 28, 2017 at 3:55 pm May 29, 2017 at 9:15 am Reggie, or Dale, I have a question that you two may be able to answer. As you leave Home Depot parking lot on 441 and right before the 451 road, there is a blue and white road sign, that says “Shelter” and have an arrow pointing ahead. It must have been put up by the DOT. I showed my husband, and he said, “what kind of shelter?” and I told him, I did not know. Is it a hurricane shelter, a homeless shelter, or just what kind of shelter is it, and where is it? Mama Mia Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Reply Please enter your name here Reply May 29, 2017 at 9:33 am I got a new American flag to put up, as my old one was faded from the hot sun. I am going to get my husband to get the ladder out to put it up this morning and I know he is going to grumble about any chore I ask him to do….LOL May 29, 2017 at 9:24 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Reggie, Dale, you don’t know what the shelter sign is for? Does anyone else know what the shelter sign is for there as you come into town right before the 451 past Home Depot and points straight ahead? Is it a sanctuary shelter sign or what????????? The Apopka High is usually a hurricane shelter during hurricanes, but that wouldn’t be straight on, as you would have to turn left onto Vick. I haven’t gone on past to see if there is another directional sign pointing the way, or maybe there is another sign, as I am not observant at all. Who knows? Maybe it is Apopka High, as the hurricane shelter, I don’t know. Happy Memorial Day, but it is a sad day too, for what it represents. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more