Memorial Day: Land of the free because of the brave

by | May 25, 2018 1:30 pm

Last Updated: May 24, 2018 at 2:01 pm

   When we think about Memorial Day, all too often our minds go to barbecuing, shopping various sales, beating the onslaught of summer by visiting the lake or the beach, and keeping good company with family and friends. While all those well and good activities are affiliates of this particular May holiday, it’s important to remember its true meaning.
   Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have lost their lives while in service to the United States of America. The upcoming 3-day weekend should not be confused with Veterans Day, which is celebrated annually on November 11 and recognizes all who have served in the armed forces.
   Originally called Decoration Day, the idea of memorializing a day for our nation’s heroes was born in May 1868 by General John Logan. More than 100 years would pass before Memorial Day as we currently know it came to fruition. Thanks to the Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971, almost every state now observes Memorial Day on the last Monday in May.
   Whether your plans for this weekend are chockfull or you plan to keep a low profile, you can still celebrate. At 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, pause for the National Moment of Remembrance, a 1-minte act of unity set aside to allow for reflection of the ultimate sacrifice and all those who made it. Other ways to participate in Memorial Day could include visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of the fallen, visiting memorials, flying the U.S. flag at half-staff, and flying the POW/MIA flag.
   As a courtesy, The Blade will be closed Monday, May 28. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, May 29.

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