History of Memorial Day
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day but with time it is just called as Memorial Day. The idea behind calling it Decoration Day was that the people, as well as the government officials, used to decorate the graves of the Military Soldiers who lost their lives during wars with flowers and flag. But now the day has got a broader meaning and aspect to it, it is just known as Memorial Day. Earlier Memorial Day was spent in honour of the soldiers who lost their life during the Civil War, but with time things changed and then there was a major conflict after thousands of men and women lost their life during the World War I. Then the government decided to host the Memorial Day as a day that remembered all the fallen heroes who have died while serving for their nation’s armed forces.
Ever since the 19th century the day got its origin it used to be celebrated on 30th May every year, but after a law was passed as Holiday Act in 1968 it was declared as a three-days weekend holiday for all the federal employees. This meant that the Memorial Day was celebrated on the last Monday of every May. But the Act came into existence and was duly adopted by the people in 1971. This was the law which declared Memorial Day as a federal holiday. While it was celebrated on 29th May last year that is 2017 which was the last Monday of the Month, this year it will be celebrated on May 28th which again is the last Monday of the Month. The Decoration Day came into existence on May 5th, 1868 which was three years later the Civil War came to an end. The first time it was held in the form of an observance at the National Cemetery Arlington. The entire observance was followed by speeches, children entering the cemetery sprinkling flowers on the grave of the fallen heroes and then reciting prayers and hymns.
Full History of Memorial Day
After the day was continued to be celebrated generation after generation, it now holds a remarkable presence in the heart of the entire countrymen. Apart from paying homage, there are so many other activities stringed to the big day which is no less than a festival of the United States of America. There are approximately 25 places which have been named after the origin of Memorial Day where the men and women who lost their lives during the war times were buried.
Waterloo, NYC was declared the “birthplace” of Memorial Day in 1966 by the Congress and President Lyndon Johnson. There are ways and days on how the Memorial Day is celebrated, in Mississippi it is celebrated on the last Monday of April as Confederate Memorial Day, In Georgia on 26th of April, In Alabama on the fourth Monday in April. The South and the North of America have their different takes on the day but one thing is common which is paying their respects and remembering the brave heroes.
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