Memorial Day weekend is upon us and this year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the Memorial Day holiday. For three years after the Civil war, several towns throughout America observed that day and would decorate veterans’ graves, decorate with flags at half staff and march to mourn those lives lost.
First widely observed on May 30, 1968 it was establish as “Declaration Day”, and according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, may have been selected because flowers would be in bloom throughout the country. In 1971, Memorial Day was officially declared a national holiday and in 2000 President Clinton signed into law The National Moment of Remembrance Act.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says that “The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.”
Wherever you are this Memorial Day, make sure to take a moment and recognize those remarkable heroes who sacrificed it all in an effort to keep America free.