The reason we get this Monday off. (May 2019)
Hard to believe Memorial Day weekend is here. Boy did it really creep up on us this year (at least in the Northeast where we’re still getting April showers!). The unofficial beginning of summer. Backyard BBQ’s, driving down the shore, spending time with friends & family, patriotic parades, and an extra day to kick back and relax.
While we’re out and about or at home enjoying the weekend, let’s keep in mind what Memorial Day is really about and make sure our kids and grandkids know why we get this Monday off. Here are some interesting facts you can share:
- Originally, only soldiers who had died in the civil war were honored. After WWI, though, the holiday began to encompass members of the American armed forces who had fallen in any conflict.
- It was originally called Decoration Day. The holiday was celebrated by “decorating” the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers, flags, and more, hence the name “Decoration Day.” It wasn't until 1967 that it was legally named Memorial Day.
- According to USAA: since World War I, more than 645,000 men and women have given their lives in defense of our freedom.
This Memorial Day, let’s remember those who bravely sacrificed their lives for our country.
Be safe and have a wonderful weekend!