Memorial Day ~ The History of.…

“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thou­sand liv­ing men.” ~Minot J. Savage

Memo­r­ial Day is upon us and as you spend the long week­end enjoy­ing the warm weather and spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends, let us not for­get the true mean­ing behind the holiday.

The hol­i­day dates back to the 1860s and began as a time to dec­o­rate the graves of sol­diers who had given their lives in bat­tle.  It was offi­cially called Dec­o­ra­tion Day in 1868 by Gen­eral John Logan. Over the years, the hol­i­day has under­gone a few changes. It became known as Memo­r­ial Day in the 1880s but the name wasn’t offi­cially rec­og­nized until 1967 by fed­eral law.  It was changed again the next year when the Uni­form Hol­i­days Bill was passed by Con­gress.  This changed Memo­r­ial Day to the last Mon­day in May and made it a three day weekend.

Tra­di­tional cel­e­bra­tions include dec­o­rat­ing the graves at our national ceme­ter­ies with Amer­i­can flags.  Most peo­ple are unaware that there is a moment of remem­brance at 3pm local time.  Another Memo­r­ial Day tra­di­tion is to fly the Amer­i­can flag at half-staff until noon and then at full-staff until sunset.

While enjoy­ing your time away from work, let’s take a moment to remem­ber that this hol­i­day is a remem­brance of those who have given their life in bat­tle to pro­tect our free­doms that we enjoy this very day.

On behalf of Eti­quette Con­sult­ing Inc, we would like to thank those who have faught and died for our freedom.