The beginning of summer? Well for most we all agree that Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the summer. While the calendar tells us that June 21st is the summer solstice, Memorial Day Weekend seems the popular vote.
Pools open, schools may be officially out for summer and BBQ season begins, baseball and softball summer leagues for the kiddos, sand volleyball for the adults, hiking a 14ner, playing at the lake, outdoor movies and concerts in the park, festivals and so much more!
Let’s not forget why Memorial Day is so important. A time to reflect on loved ones who lost their lives serving our country in the armed forces. What does that mean to the young men and women right now serving voluntarily? Our sons and daughters, mothers and fathers volunteer out of pride of our nation, for a better future for themselves, for education gained. No matter the reason behind enlisting in the armed forces, we applaud you, pray for your safety and hold you in the highest regard for putting our safety and those of our allies above your own.
Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated on May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery when Commander-in-Chief John A Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic issued what was called General Order Number 11 designating May 30 as a memorial day. “For the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country…”(1) After which Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971.
Following tradition, cemeteries across the country will be decorated this Memorial Day for loved ones past with military background or not. The tradition lives on to honor all people who served or are serving and has extended to all family members as a day to honor and remember.
We hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Spending time with those you love and remembering and honoring the past and present who help make the USA the great nation that it is. Happy Beginning of Summer and we hope to see you at the movies!
(1) The Library of Congress