Commemorating Memorial Day
Today we honor those men and women in the United States Armed Forces who have died in service to their country. But did you know these interesting facts about Memorial Day?
- Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. It originated right after the Civil War to honor those who had died for the North and the South by decorating their graves with flowers.
- The name Decoration Day gradually became Memorial Day, although it did not become the official name until declared by federal law in 1967.
- Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30 until Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968 which moved the holiday from its traditional date to the last Monday in May, thereby creating a three-day weekend.
- On Memorial Day, the United States flag is to be raised smartly in the morning to the top of the flagpole and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it should remain until noon. It is then raised to full-staff until the end of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
- Veterans groups, particularly the Veterans of Foreign Wars, remain vigorous in their campaign to return Memorial Day to its original date of May 30, maintaining that “changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed a lot to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.”
TNT Fireworks honors the observation of Memorial Day and urges all our friends and family to remember the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform by decorating the grave of a veteran, flying the flag, attending a Memorial Day parade, or thanking a veteran for their service.
“All gave some, but some gave all.”