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Enjoy your day, but never forget!!!

 

 

Memorial Day 2015: The Real Story Behind the Holiday

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By EMILY SHAPIRO
May 22, 2015 8:43 PM

Good Morning America

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day Weekend usually conjures up images of backyard parties, beaches and beer.

 

But Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer. It's actually been an official national holiday for over 40 years aimed at remembering those who served in the armed forces.

 

A few years after the end of the Civil War, May 30 was established as "Decoration Day" -- a day to decorate veterans' graves with flowers. May 30 may have been the selected day because flowers would be in bloom throughout the country, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

 

In 1971, Memorial Day was officially declared a national holiday and placed on the last Monday in May, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website says.

 

In December 2000, the president signed into law The National Moment of Remembrance Act.

 

"The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation," the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website says.

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm okay with Happy New Years and Happy Holidays. But hearing 'Happy' Memorial Day just rubs me the wrong way when this holiday is all about remembering and honoring our fallen heroes. But I guess it's just another day off for most. Holidays like Memorial Day and Labor Day have lost their true meaning.

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I'm okay with Happy New Years and Happy Holidays. But hearing 'Happy' Memorial Day just rubs me the wrong way when this holiday is all about remembering and honoring our fallen heroes. But I guess it's just another day off for most. Holidays like Memorial Day and Labor Day have lost their true meaning.

 

 

I know what you mean, it bothered me putting it in the title, but I don't know how else to say it.

 

It is a rememberance of all the fallen soldiers, and I observed it that way yesterday as well as with family and a cookout. I wanted everyone to enjoy the holiday, but yet, always remember what day it is.

 

A lot of folks, especially young folks, have no idea what Memorial Day is.

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Anyone hear how Memorial Day originated?

On May 1, 1865, freed slaves gathered in Charleston, South Carolina to commemorate the death of Union soldiers and the end of the American Civil War. Three years later, General John Logan issued a special order that May 30, 1868 be observed as Decoration Day, the first Memorial Day -- a day set aside "for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land."

You can read the whole article: Who Invented Memorial Day?

 

Edit- fixed the link - didn't pay attention to what I was doing! My apologies.

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