Memorial Day.........

Reblogger Diane Williams
Real Estate Agent

A lot of folks in Pell City and the Logan Martin Lake area are getting ready to celebrate a long holiday weekend on the lake. Enjoy, stay safe and remember why we are celebrating. A good post by Linda Mae Croom to remind us of the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Original content by Linda Mae Croom

 

What does Memorial Day stand for? A day off? The start of summer? Parades and picnics? The opening of public swimming pools? You can — finally! — start wearing white shoes again?

Most Americans don't know much about Memorial Day's purpose or history. That's a pity because it removes an important bond with those brave men, and women, who have given their lives in our Nation's service.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery

There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War:

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."

 

Memorial Day Holiday

. Americans can help to honor those that given their lives in the following ways:
  • Place flags or flowers on the graves of those heroes that have died serving our country.
  • Visit memorials that have been built to honor our fallen heroes.
  • Fly the United States flag at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day.
  • Participate in the "Moment of Remembrance" in order to reflect on the meaning of the Memorial Day holiday.
  • Listen to "Taps" which is the official bugle call of military funerals.
  • Attend a local ceremony which remembers the heroes of war.

Do not forget those that have given their life to protect ours. Take time to celebrate the Memorial Day Holiday in your own way.

 

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Thanks for sharing the information.  Have a very special weekend.

 Life is good in Maryland.

May 25, 2010 07:43 AM #1
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Thank you for sharing!

Have a great weekend!

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