Re logging my post from Memorial Day last year.

IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE

Celebrated annually on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday where the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the armed forces are remembered.  It was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War in honor of the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war.

Originally called Decoration Day, the holiday was created to commemorate the roughly 625,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War. Originally called Decoration Day, the holiday was created to commemorate the roughly 625,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War.

This honor was extended to all Americans who died while in military service.  It is thought of as the unofficial start of the summer vacation season an idea that I think blurs the real reason for the holiday but that seems to happened with most holidays.

Decoration Day Parade (detail), Brownsville, Texas, Robert Runyon, photographer, 1916. The South Texas Border, 1900-1920 Decoration Day Parade (detail), Brownsville, Texas,
Robert Runyon, photographer, 1916.
The South Texas Border, 1900-1920

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3 responses

  1. Thank you for re-blogging this. I too think we should return to May 30th. America seems to have forgotten why we commemorate this day. If Congress had their way, we would change the 4th of July to the first Monday in July.

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  2. Birgit says:

    So many holidays are forgotten for the reason they are a holiday. It is not to say we should be sitting at home all day in prayer but we should not forget the brave people who fought and died in the wars.

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