Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer in the United States. It’s a weekend of family events and often is associated with hot dogs, the opening of pools, and picnics. Many people may forget the real reason for the holiday. As we enjoy the long weekend, let’s remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.
It started when soldiers and family would decorate gravestones.
The Ohio congressman and future President spoke at the Arlington National Cemetery.
Over 620,000 died on both sides of the war. Later, it expanded to recognize all wars. In fact, it would likely not have continued as a holiday otherwise.
Later, we expanded its meaning to recognize soldiers who gave their lives in conflict.
Waterloo, New York was recognized by Congress as the official town, but others claim to be first including Boalsburg, PA and Carbondale, IL.
From baseball games stopping to Amtrak trains sounding a whistle, many organizations will recognize 3PM on Monday as a time to stop for one minute to reflect. Memorial Day also designated by Congress as a time to pray for permanent peace.
Los Angeles consumes more than any other city in the United States. On July 4th, Americans will enjoy 150 million hot dogs. Line them up and it would cover a trip from D.C. to L.A. more than five times.
Where Veterans Day honors everyone who has served in the armed forces, Memorial Day honors those who paid the ultimate price and died for the country.