Memorial Day is here and the team here at Local Management couldn’t be more excited! Though we all find ourselves dealing with everything surrounding COVID-19, we still think it’s important to honor and celebrate those who gave their life while serving in the United States Armed Forces. As you all know, each year Memorial Day is filled with ceremonies, family time, fun, and more, and this year is no different! Here are 3 facts about Memorial Day you can share with your family this Memorial Day!
Memorial Day Was First-Called: “Decoration Day”
“Decoration Day” was made official On May 5, 1868, by General John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling for “Decoration Day” to be observed annually and nationwide; Soon after, “Memorial Day” became more popular, and was declared the official name in 1967
It Started As A Way to Honor Those Who Died in the Civil War
Though the exact location is up for debate, Memorial Day celebrations became increasingly popular after the Civil War. The graves of soldiers who had recently died while serving in the Civil War were decorated in an effort to honor them and that tradition continued to spread. This was not changed until after World War I, and now we honor those who have given their lives while serving the United States in any war.
Memorial Day Has a Birthplace
Waterloo, NY is known as the official “birthplace” of Memorial Day. This was declared in 1966 by Congress and President Lyndon Johnson. The declaration of “Decoration Day” took place here on May 5, 1868, and the largest observance of Decoration Day was held later that year at Arlington National Cemetery.
These are just a few fun facts that surround Memorial Day, but there are tons more that you’ll find just as exciting. For now, you can share these 3 facts with your family and loved ones while you honor those who served in our United States Armed Services.
“Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” – Elie Wiesel