Memorial Day: A Day of Honor



This May 27th is the annual celebration of Memorial Day, a time when we look back at the brave souls who fought in the wars and laid down their lives to protect and serve their countries. This shouldn't be confused with Veteran's days, a celebration where we honor those who HAD served the country in the past, both dead and alive.
Because it always falls on the last Monday of the month, Memorial Day is designated as a long weekend holiday. This gives people, especially those who have lost somebody who is a big part of their lives, to take time to visit and remember their brave acts or their presence which is very much missed.
But where did the event originate from? Back in the day, Memorial Day was once known as Decoration Day and was a time to remember those who had passed away during their military service. Many cities have laid claim to having started celebrating memorial day first, but President Lyndon Johnson officially declared on May 1966 that Waterloo N.Y. was the birthplace of Memorial Day.
The holiday was recognized by all of the states located in the north, but the South refused to acknowledge the day. They honored their dead on a separate set of days until after World War 1 happened. This was because the holiday changed from honoring those who died fighting in the Civil War to any Americans who fought in any war.
Do you have somebody you want to honor this coming Memorial Day? Maybe you have past relatives whom you didn't know fought in the war and died protecting your country and your future. It's up to us to remember their legacy and honor their sacrifices by keeping them in our hearts and minds.