7 Things You Didn’t Know About Memorial Day

MilitaryGSA_Banner.jpgThis weekend we celebrate (or better yet) commemorate Memorial Day.  May is Armed Forces Month and last week we celebrated Armed Forces Day – when we celebrate those who are currently serving in one of the branches of our Armed Forces.

This weekend is Memorial Day – when we remember those who have died during service to their country.  As it should be, Memorial Day is more of a somber day.  Unfortunately for many it is just a day of celebration (some celebrate it as the day the pools open, it is called the unofficial start of summer, there are picnics and so on.) There isn’t anything wrong with celebration – in fact – I like a good party, but this Monday, let’s take the time to remember those who have died in service to their country and the families that are impacted by those deaths.

In honor of Memorial Day, I came across a great article on time.com called, “7 Things You Didn’t Know About Memorial Day. ” [click on the underlined title to see the article and an accompanying video.]

Here is a summary of the 7 things.

1. It was originally called Decoration Day

2. It wasn’t always celebrated the last Monday of May

3. It’s legally required to observe a National Moment of Remembrance

4. James A. Garfield delivered a rather lengthy speech at the first Memorial Day ceremony

5. Several states observe Confederate Memorial Day

6. Waterloo, New York is considered the birthplace of Memorial Day

7. More than 36 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day

This Monday take time to remember those who died in service of our great country.

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