Memorial Day was first widely observed in May 1868. The celebration commemorated the sacrifices of the Civil War and the proclamation was made by General John A. Logan
In years since World War 1, the day has become a celebration of honor for those who died in all America’s wars, as well as those who are Veterans and current members of the US military.
Memorial Day – A Day of Honor
In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday. The United States celebrates this holiday the last Monday of May.
President Ronald Regan is credited with reviving the practice of honoring Memorial Day and its meaning. Below we site sections of President Regan’s famous speech given at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 1986.
“Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with family and remember. “
Memorial Day Celebration
It is important for Americans to take time to remember the sacrifices that bought their freedom. Here are some ideas on how to celebrate this important American holiday;
- Send a note of thanks to Veterans you know
- Send a note of thanks to local Veterans hospitals
- Fly the American flag at half-staff until noon
- Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00pm. Pause and think upon the meaning of Memorial Day
- Pray for God’s blessing on America
Premier Shooting & Training Center
Premier Shooting & Training Center will be closed in honor of Memorial Day, please enjoy this day with your family and friends.
- Portions of this blog are re-printed from www.allabouthistory.org