Memorial Day is coming up soon. This, of course, is the occasion when people all over America honor the brave soldiers who have died serving their country. There is no single way everyone celebrates. Instead, each person has their own traditions. Some families gather for barbecues, others go to cemeteries to visit the loved ones that are no longer with them. And there is nothing wrong with enjoying the parades!
Curious facts about Memorial Day
- It is widely known that Memorial Day gained its status as an official federal celebration in 1971. However, people have taken the time to honor the fallen long before that. Some say that you can trace the holiday back to the days of the Civil War. The South, where most soldiers were buried, had more observances, but both sides had reason to mourn.
- There are more than 25 cities that claim the honor of being the first to observe Memorial Day. Some maintain that it began way back in 1864. The most popular legend tells the tale of widows in Mississippi who decided to decorate the warriors who had perished during the Battle of Shiloh. While doing that, they did not differentiate between the grave of allies and enemies and placed flowers everywhere equally.
- After the end of the Civil War, the Grand Army of the Republic, which was a group of veterans of the Union, chose the 30th of May as the date for Decoration Day. This decision was supported by Maj. Gen. John A. Logan. He issued an order requesting only the most beautiful flowers for soldiers’ graves.
Nowadays, Memorial Day is a holiday of national significance when everyone can thank the brave servicemen and women who fought for their country. Thus, take a minute from your busy day to pause and spend a minute in silence to honor the sacrifices made for your safety. Have a wonderful Memorial Day.