Remembering Memorial's Day
Many of us celebrate Memorial Day as a day off of work to grill and eat burgers and hot dogs. Yet, few of us actually know about Memorial Day and the history behind the holiday, therefore not being able to celebrate it properly whilst remembering our fallen soldiers. So, to freshen up your knowledge on the famous holiday and to have some good conversation points to bring about to your loved ones, we are listing a few little known facts about Memorial Day. Enjoy!1. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day:
To honor the deceased, soldiers would decorate graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags and wreaths. Hence Decoration Day. Although Memorial Day became its official title in the 1880s, the holiday wouldn’t legally become Memorial Day until 1967.
2. We celebrate on the last Monday of May, but it wasn't always that way.
After the Civil War, General John A. Logan, commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, called for a holiday commemorating fallen soldiers to be observed every May 30. But due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which took effect in 1971, Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday of May to ensure long weekends. Some groups, like the veterans’ organization American Legion, have been working to restore the original date to set the day apart and pay proper tribute to the servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives defending the nation.
3. The Clinton administration passed a law to take a pause of rememberance.
In December 2000, Congress passed a law requiring Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen. I don't suppose it's a known fact, simply because by 3pm most of my family to napping from an over indulgence in grilled foods and sugary sodas.
4. Many towns claim it's origin, but only one has recognition.
According to the town’s website, in 1966 Congress unanimously passed a resolution to officially recognize Waterloo, NY as the birthplace of the holiday. However, it remains a contentious debate, with other towns, like Boalsburg, Pa., claiming the title of “Birthplace of Memorial Day” as well.
5. More than 36 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day.
At least, according to AAA estimates. That’s the highest total since the recession. Luckily, if you want to paint you don;t have to drive anywhere, as Let's Gogh Art comes to you.
We, at Let's Gogh Art, hope you enjoy this Memorial's day to remember the fallen soldiers that help give us the freedom we hold dear today. And no matter the type of party or get-together you are having, Let's Gogh Art is a favorite for hosting "At-home" holidays. We'll come to you, set up and tear down, leaving the fun to you and your loved ones! Thank you for reading.
- Michele Manjarrez