Here are 7 things you may did not know about Memorial Day
1. It was originally known as Decoration Day
2. Memorial Day only became an official federal holiday in 1971, but it has been celebrated in some form since 1865 (the end of the Civil War)
3. At 3:00 PM (1500 hours) on Memorial Day there is a moment of remembrance (shhh!)
4. Waterloo, New York is the birthplace of Memorial Day (celebrated on May 5, 1866)
5. Some of the earliest organizers of Memorial Day commemorations were by freed slaves in Charleston, South Carolina in 1865
6. Overall, this holiday commemorates American military personnel who died in all wars, including World War 1, World War 2, The Vietnam War, The Korean War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
7. Memorial Day is often confused with Veterans Day. To clarify, Memorial Day celebrates the sacrifices of the dead. Veteran’s Day celebrates the sacrifices of the living. So, morn and pray for those who died on Memorial Day. Thank a veteran on Veteran’s Day.
If your family has been touched by the tragic loss of a loved one in service to our country my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family this Memorial Day.
I have no words that can take aware the pain of your loss, but know my family and I are truly grateful for the freedoms your loved one fought to defend.
Today is about remembering, but if you need me, I'm here. Email me about anything: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be well. Do good. Stay Blessed.