For many Americans, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. It’s a long weekend giving thoughts to barbecues, travel, retail sales and some well deserved rest. It is important though to understand the reason behind this day. So before we start the holiday weekend, here are some quick facts about the holiday.
- Memorial Day is a federal holiday remembering soldiers who died while serving in battle.
- It was first observed after the Civil War in 1868 and known as Decoration Day.
- The last Monday of May is observed as Memorial Day.
- In 1971, Congress declared the day a national holiday.
- In 1989, a free concert started being held at the US Capital Building known as the National Memorial Day Concert. The concert is broadcast on PBS and NPR. It can be seen by military serving overseas.
- In 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act. The Act calls for a moment of reflection at 3pm.
Any1townUSA.com thanks those who serve or have served in the military. We thank the families for the ultimate sacrifice allowing us to enjoy our freedoms each and every day. We wish everyone a happy, enjoyable and safe holiday weekend.