May 30, 2011 is Memorial Day. What does that mean other than a day off school, or a family barbecue?
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.
“About Memorial Day
“Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.”
“The crowd attending the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery was approximately the same size as those that attend today’s observance, about 5,000 people. Then, as now, small American flags were placed on each grave — a tradition followed at many national cemeteries today. In recent years, the custom has grown in many families to decorate the graves of all departed loved ones.”
“In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May.” http://www.military.com/memorial-day/
Some things you can do to honor Memorial Day:
Honor and Respect.
Visit a local Veteran’s cemetery. Almost every community has some sort of a war memorial.
Visit and Pay Tribute.
Take cookies, books, or movies to a nearby Veteran’s hospital.
Celebrate with a Parade.
Go to a Memorial Day parade. Or, watch the National Memorial Day Parade on television.
Make a Soldier’s Day.
Leave a message or video using social media. http://www.ourmilitary.mil/resources/connecting-with-our-military/
Find out more about Memorial Day:
Memorial Day by Christin Ditchfield [J394.262 DITCHFIELD]
Memorial Day/Veterans Day [videorecording] Schlessinger Media ; producer, Bette Hanson ; writer, Kate Youngdahl ; director, Philip J. Tangel [DVD J394.26 MEMORIAL ]
Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Martin Golding ; illustrated by Alexandra Artigas [JPB GOLDING]
Star-spangled Crafts by Kathy Ross ; illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm [J745.5 ROSS]