Memorial Day is an American U.S. federal holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2020 occurs on Monday, May 25. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
On May 1, 1865, freed slaves gathered in Charleston, South Carolina to commemorate the death of Union soldiers and the end of the American Civil War. Three years later, General John Logan issued a special order that May 30, 1868 be observed as Decoration Day, the first Memorial Day — a day set aside “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land.”
In love and honor for those who lost their lives while serving in the US military. It is vital that we remember the importance of this day. Not to forget...never forget..
I come from a strong military family. I support and advocate for our military and veterans. Honoring their memories today, mourning those we lost while in service, means remembering our history, our struggles, and our successes.
I, as I know so many of you took today to enjoy the day with friends and family outside by the bbq knowing that we are protected, that we are safe, because of those who sacrificed so much.
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