Memorial day is regarded as a holiday or unofficial start of summer in the United States. But there is much more to it than that. Here we have explained the history of Memorial Day along with many more facts. Let’s start!
Memorial Day 2021 is to be celebrated on 31st May 2021. Also known as Decoration Day, this is held for honoring and mourning the military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
From 1868 to 1970, this day was observed on May 30. And, from 1971, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. Many people gather at the cemeteries, participate in parades & place an American flag on graves of military personnel.
History of Memorial Day
General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, has decided to celebrate the deceased soldiers. On 5th May 1868, he declared that the celebration would be held on 30th May 1868, calling it Decoration Day.
As declared, the first Decoration Day was held on 30th May at Arlington National Cemetery. Over 5,000 people gathered & decorated the graves of the 20,000 Civil War soldiers who have died while serving the country.
Gradually, this day became Memorial Day. After World War I, Memorial Day was expanded to honor the military veterans who sacrificed their lives in the American war. And in 1971, the government has declared this day as a national holiday.
Since then, Memorial Day is an official federal holiday, and instead of May 30, it was held on the last Monday in May from 1971. President Lyndon B. Johnson took this decision, and he stated, “This will enable families who live some distance apart to spend more time together.”
Memorial Day Traditions
On Memorial Day, people gather at one place with their family members and participate in these events, followed for many years as Memorial Day Traditions. As a part of the tradition, these events take place on Memorial Day:
- Memorial Day poppies: Inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, Americans started wearing the poppies pinned to their shirts as a symbol of respect & remembrance on Memorial Day.
- National Moment of Remembrance: In December of 2000, President Bill Clinton signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” which ensures that fallen heroes are never forgotten. Every year on Memorial Day, sharp at 3:00 PM local time, Americans pause whatever they are doing and take a national moment of remembrance, i.e., a minute of silence for fallen soldiers.
- Parades: Every year, military personnel and members of veteran organizations participate in the Memorial Day Parades across the United States cities. Some of the largest parades are hosted at Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.
- Hang your flag at half staff: As per federal guidelines, the flag should be displayed at half-staff only until noon and then go up to full-staff until sundown.
- Playing ‘Taps’: Initially, Taps was used as a signal of the end of the day. And then it was used at funerals instead of firing the rifles. Further, it was included in Memorial Day traditions. When ‘Taps’ are played, few civilians place their right hand over their heart until the last note.
- Visit a local veterans cemetery: Americans visit the local veteran cemeteries & memorials and place the flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers.
That is all about Memorial Day. We hope it was informative & Stay tuned for more updates like this!
Memorial Day 2021 Whatsapp and Facebook Status:
- A real patriot is someone who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.
- Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all! Thanks to all the military personnel who have & are serving our country. Big grilling weekend.
- Memorial Day is a day to honor those who served our country. People honor these brave men and women in many different ways. I personally like to do so by barbecuing and drinking excessively.
- Question. Who, and why, made up the rule that we can’t wear white after memorial day? So…I can’t wear a white t-shirt to the gym? Does it count for underwear too? Complete nonsense and just absolutely dumb.
- Big respect to all the US military soldiers worldwide, the deceased Soldiers (RIP) & their families. Happy Memorial Day. (Memorial Day Messages)
- I have concluded that dryer lint is the cremated remains of all my missing socks.
- Happy Memorial Day to all my brothers and sisters serving in the military or have served. Especially to those who’ve paid with their life.
Memorial Day 2021 Quotes and Messages:
1. “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay.”- Barack Obama
2. “No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he is vigilant in its preservation.”- General Douglas MacArthur
3. “Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.”- Eleanor Roosevelt
4. “The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.” -Thomas Campbell
5. “Home of the free, because of the brave.” – Unknown