Monday, May 28, 2012

Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?

Today is:
Perhaps you don't realize why we celebrate this holiday?  
Maybe you can enlighten your kids a little better with some history on why today is a National Holiday:

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May.[1] Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. (Southern ladies organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date. Most dates were in May.) By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.[2] As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

A special thank you to each and every one of you who have served in the MILITARY and especially those who have given their lives to keep our country Free!