Happy Memorial Day!
We are all aware of what Memorial Day is meant for. A time to thank and remember veterans. It is the day specifically for visiting the graves of soldiers and remembering what their efforts so many years ago brought to us today. It truly is something to be thankful for.
Now a days, it is a long weekend that everyone looks forward to because it marks the beginning of summer months. It’s time to pull out the lawn chairs, that shorts, the grill and the beers. Not such a bad deal. But…it wasn’t always that way!
So! Here are some FUN FACTS about Memorial Day that you may not have known!
- Memorial Day was inspired by the Civil War because of the number of soldiers that had fallen. But, originally it was called Decoration Day because it was a day for people to decorate the graves of the fallen soldiers. It wasn’t officially changed to Memorial Day until 1967, however, the term was around since 1882.
- Memorial Day used to be celebrated on the same day every year, May 30th, until 1971 when it was changed to the last Monday in the month of May.
- The first official Memorial Day was 1868, but the southern states didn’t participate and celebrated on their own days because they still saw it as a tribute to union soldiers only. It wasn’t until WWI when the south began recognizing the holiday. For now it was all US soldiers that it remembered. A few southern states still celebrate their own Memorial Day on various days.
- Lyndon B Johnson recognized Waterloo, NY as the birthplace of Memorial Day because the town had been celebrating it yearly on May 5th, since 1866. There was a lot of dispute over the topic.
- A Hawaiian senator has been trying since 1987 to change Memorial Day back to May 30th to restore the initial purpose and meaning to the day.
- In 2000, Bill Clinton declared that everyone have a moment of silence at 3pm on Memorial Day to remember.
Beyond the BBQs! Memorial Day has had it’s own little piece in history.
Enjoy your Memorial Day!