Memorial Day is such a huge day in our nation’s past! Please take the time on May 26th to say thank you and remember all the service men and women who died fighting for our freedoms and our rights. Their service should never go unrecognized and they should be remembered everyday. So I say thank you to the service men and women who showed amazing bravery and true courage to protect my home, my nation, and my future.
General John A. Logan was the national commander of the Great Army of the Republic. He declared Memorial Day on May 5, 1868. He along with the public, officially observed the first Memorial Day on May 30, 1868. After he announced Memeorial Day, the state of New York became the first state to “officially recognize” the holiday in 1873. This continued until the day was recognized by all the northern states, by 1890. Unfortunately the south did not follow and instead honored their fallen on a separate day. This lasted until World War 1 ended. They changed their tune because the day was no longer about just honoring those who died in the civil war, but about honoring those who died during World War 1. In later years it became the common thing in all states to celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday of May. This action was voted into effect by Congress, the National Holiday Act of 1971, to ensure a 3 day weekend for Federal Holidays.
During this time a poem came to be by Moina Michael.
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
She wrote this in 1915 and she then came up with the idea to wear red poppies on this day. She did this to honor those who died during the war. Her pure intentions became something inspirational. To know more about her and how Memorial Day came to be click on the link provided. http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html
Memorial Day is about so much more than the barbeques, boat rides, and drunken weekends. In actuality Memorial day was a day that ended up uniting a country after terrible times and gave honor to those who made our barbeques, boat rides, and drunken weekends possible. Never forget the real meaning of memorial day and why we have our freedoms today.
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