28 May, 2012

Memorial Day

Arlington National Cemetery. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
About this day of remembrance:

The United States federal holiday of Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, was made official on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan. It was first observed 30 May that same year, when flowers were placed on the graves of over 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery; there were also events in 27 other states.

The first state to recognize the holiday was New York in 1873, and in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, NY as the birthplace of Memorial Day. In 1971 Congress made it a national holiday that would always land on the last Monday in May (although there have been efforts to change it back to landing permanently on 30 May since then).

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Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_day 
http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html
http://www.history.com/topics/memorial-day-history

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To all the bloggers who live in the USA: Enjoy your holiday!

And to everyone, whether you're celebrating Memorial Day or not: Hope you have a great week ahead!


-----The Golden Eagle

29 comments:

Gail said...

A bit of history and honor to those who have served and are serving...Thank you.

Pat Hatt said...

Great history behind the day, and yeah all should be remembered.

Old Kitty said...

Thanks for the history behind this day! I hope you have a peaceful Memorial day! take care
x

Matt said...

Great post for Memorial Day, thanks to those who have served.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Thanks for the history behind the holiday Golden. It is so noteworthy...

I hope you have/had a great weekend holiday too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

One of our oldest and most honorable holidays.

momto8blog said...

thank you for this history lesson, and reminder to give thanks to the heroes who kept us safe and free...
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
happy memorial day!

Brian said...

Great post! We love our heros, past, present and future. We will always remember them.

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Carole Anne Carr said...

Always remember being in Atlanta on that day and seeing the Memorial cemetery an amazing site.
Thanks so much for supporting me, G.E.

laughingwolf said...

to all my american brothers and sisters... have a blessed day!

Rob-bear said...

Sadly, So very sadly.

Christine Rains said...

Thanks for the history lesson. :) Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Mandy Calvin said...

Thank you for this nice post and happy Memorial Day to you also.

Michael Pierce said...

Thanks for the brief history lesson behind this important holiday. And a big thank you to all those who are or have served.

Trisha said...

Happy Memorial Day to you, Eagle!

Bee Zors said...

I didn't really know when Memorial Day was made official, but I'm glad it is! I have grandpas who were veterans, it's important to give thanks. Hope you had a good weekend as well!

Shelly said...

This was a nice, short, imformative post. I hope you enjoyed your day.

....Petty Witter said...

I've been reading about memorial Day on quite a few blogs but hadn't realised it was such an old holiday.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm old enough to remember when it was called Decoration day

Madeleine Maddocks said...

There's lots of posts about this commemoration. In the UK we have ours on 11th November or the Sunday closest to that date.

Walking amongst the grave stones in the sunshine must give the occasion some poignancy.

Jai Joshi said...

Wow, I didn't know this. Thanks for teaching me this history of Memorial Day.

Jai

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I knew next to nothing regarding the history of this important holiday. Thanks for sharing :)

Misha Gericke said...

Hope you had a great Memorial Day! :-)

Maria McKenzie said...

Thanks for the informative post!

Jay Noel said...

I'm fascinated by the Civil War. Especially how intimate the bloody war was.

Nothing wrong with grilling, going to the pool, or having fun with friends on Memorial Day weekend, as long as we remember why we get to have the freedom to so such things.

The Golden Eagle said...

Gail: You're very welcome.

Pat: Definitely!

Old Kitty: I did, thank you. :)

Matt: Thanks!

Thanks indeed.

Michael: You're welcome!

Alex: Absolutely.

Momto8blog: You're welcome. :)

Thank you for following my blog! I'll be over to your blog as soon as I can.

Brian: Thank you!

It would be wrong not to.

Chris: Thanks for coming by my blog! I'll head over to your site in a moment. :)

Carole: That must have been interesting to visit.

Laughingwolf: Thanks! :)

Rob-bear: It is very sad, to think of all the people who have lost their lives . . .

Christine: You're welcome!

Thanks.

Mandy: Thank you. :)

Michael: Definitely.

Trisha: Thanks!

Bee Zors: Agreed, it is. My grandparents were veterans of WWII.

Shelley: Thank you!

Petty Witter: It's been around in the USA for a long time.

Charles: Interesting that they changed the name. I suppose "Memorial" fits the meaning of the day more closely than "Decoration", though.

Madeleine: I suppose that's why the President usually visits Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day each year.

Jai: You're very welcome!

Michael: Anytime. :)

Misha: Thanks!

Maria: You're welcome.

Jay: I agree. I don't think it's a bad idea to "celebrate" on Memorial Day--so long as the reason for the holiday doesn't get shoved under the rug, as it were.

cleemckenzie said...

Loved your Memorial Day post. Hope a lot of people read it and remembered what this holiday is really about. Thank you.

The Golden Eagle said...

Cleemckenzie: You're very welcome. :)