Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday and is celebrated on the last Monday of May to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the military.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the custom of honoring ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition, but the specific origin of Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was first known, are unclear.
In early rural America, this duty was usually performed in late summer and was an occasion for family reunions and picnics. After the Civil War, America’s need for a secular, patriotic ceremony to honor its military dead became prominent, as monuments to fallen soldiers were erected and dedicated, and ceremonies centering on the decoration of soldiers’ graves were held in towns and cities throughout the nation.
After World War I, the day expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. Read more…https://www.almanac.com/content/when-memorial-day
Won’t you please join us in honoring those men and women who lost their lives while faithfully serving our country and may God bless us all.