This weekend, while you are enjoying your three-day break from work (and overindulging in the stereotypical Memorial Day fare), take some time to appreciate why we celebrate Memorial Day.
Memorial Day isn’t just the beginning of vacation season and the unofficial start to when you are “allowed” to wear white, it’s the day we set aside time as a Nation to recognize those soldiers who have given their lives for our freedom while serving in our country’s armed forces. In fact, it is actually a law. In 2000, Congress passed the Memorial Day Moment of Silence Act that was signed by then President Bill Clinton requiring all Americans stop what they are doing for two minutes at 3 PM EST on Memorial Day to honor those who have died serving the United States. Originally named Decoration Day following the Civil War in 1868, Americans have celebrated the lives of fallen soldiers by decorating their graves and adorning their own homes with American flags. The name Memorial Day had been used interchangeably with Decoration Day until after World War II in 1967, and the following year, the original observance date of May 30th was updated to the last Monday in May.
So while you are out and about this weekend and especially at Noon on Monday (if you are here on the west coast) take 2 minutes and give thanks however your feel appropriate to those men and women who have given their lives for our country.
For those of you looking for something you can do to show your thanks, here are some ideas:
Saturday, May 27th – Monday, May 29th: Veterans Museum and Memorial Center
Check out the website to see the dates and times of organizations featured at the museum all weekend!
Saturday, May 27th – Monday, May 29th: USS Midway Museum
The USS Midway is the heart and soul of Memorial Day commemoration in San Diego. The Memorial Day lineup of activities aboard the Midway honors and remembers our heroes as it celebrates our military heritage. Please click on the image above for detailed events.
Monday, May 29th: Mt Soledad’s Memorial Day Ceremony
This Memorial Day, the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial commemoration ceremony will include a special salute to our nation’s Gold Star families.