Memorial Day Observances

By on May 25, 2015
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by Judy Ellis,

Wire Jewelry Inspiration for May 25th, 2015

Memorial Day Observances

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.

The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

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The gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery are decorated by U.S. flags on Memorial Day weekend.

Traditional observance:

On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon.It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

For many Americans, the central event is attending one of the thousands of parades held on Memorial Day in large and small cities all over the country. Most of these feature marching bands and an overall military theme with the National Guard and other servicemen participating along with veterans and military vehicles from various wars.

Join with us as we honor and thank those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us and for our freedoms!

Happy Memorial Day!

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    May 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    THANK YOU for a beautiful memorial to our military men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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    May 30, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Since I am an Army Vietnam Veteran, I too thank you for the beautiful memorial that you gave all of us Veterans. I was not near my computer all of last week, so I didn’t know about what you were doing or I would have joined you.