On this day of memorial day, may God bless each and every one of you who has served our country and defended our liberties. There are no words that can express how much we respect and honor those who have given their lives as the ultimate sacrifice. The date is May 30 this year for memorial day.
The flag will remain at half-staff until noon today, after which it will be raised to its full height.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States that is celebrated on the last Monday of May. This day is set aside to remember the men and women who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces of the United States.
It was first celebrated in the years after the end of the Civil War under the name Decoration Day, and it wasn’t until 1971 that it was recognized as a federal holiday. The holiday of Memorial Day is celebrated by many people in the United States by going to cemeteries or memorials, getting together with family, and taking part in parades. It is considered by many to be the unofficial start of the summer season.
Location of the First Memorial Day Ceremonies and Other Early Commemorations
The American Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, was the struggle in the history of the United States that resulted in the greatest loss of life, which necessitated the building of the first national cemeteries in the country.
By the late 1860s, people in a variety of American towns and cities had started conducting memorials throughout the springtime to honor the many dead troops, during which they would recite prayers, decorate their graves with flowers, and do so.
Have you been informed? On the Monday after Memorial Day, at the local time equivalent of three in the afternoon, there is a moment of national commemoration.
It is not entirely known where exactly this custom got its start; it is possible that various separate communities came up with the idea of holding memorial gatherings on their own. In addition, there is evidence that one of the first observances of Memorial Day was a ceremony held in Charleston, South Carolina on May 25, 1865, by a group of people who had been freed from slavery less than a month after the Confederacy had capitulated in the Civil War. Despite this, in 1966 the federal government decided that Waterloo, New York should be recognized as the official location where Memorial Day began.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Independent Sentinel.