It’s Friday. We’re tired and SO ready for a long weekend! So I thought we’d take a break from the usual and share some interesting facts about Memorial Day. I love patriotic holidays and had a ton of fun researching the history of Memorial Day. Hopefully you have just as much fun reading it. Have a wonderful Friday and a great 3 day weekend.
After the Civil War, the bloodiest war in American history, grieving survivors began to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers as a way of honoring and remembering them. Through
the years, the holiday has evolved from small community gatherings to a national holiday.
Here’s a brief history of America’s most somber holiday:
● May 6th, 1866- The residents of Waterloo, NY are credited with originating the holiday
on this day. They closed shops and business to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers
in the Civil War.
● May 30, 1868- Five thousand mourners gathered in Arlington cemetery to celebrate
what was then called Decoration Day. It was the first time that the holiday was
● 1967- The name of the holiday was legally changed to Memorial Day
● 1971- Since 1868, Memorial Day had been celebrated on May 30. But in 1971 it was
changed to the 4th Monday of May to ensure a long weekend.
● December 2000- Congress passed a law that requires American citizens to pause at
3pm local time for a moment of silence to remember the fallen.
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