Celebrating Memorial Day!

Posted May 22, 2023

Sisters and Brother,

Memorial Day is around the corner and were talking Parades and barbecue, right? But do we know why we celebrate it? Memorial Day honors all those who have died while serving in U.S. military around the country and around the world many people celebrate by attending parades, barbecues and ceremonies usually held at varies cemeteries and memorials. Originally it was called Decorations Day, it was to honor Civil War soldiers both Union and Confederate soldiers who were killed by decorating their graves with flags or flowers and afterwards family and friends would set up tables or sit in the fields for a large gathering potluck and this where we get the idea of Memorial Day Barbecue.

Many Memorial Traditions besides barbecuing include: the laying of the wreath at the tomb of the unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, religious services, parades, speeches across the U.S., placement of flag and flowers at the graves of all Veterans, at sunrise all flags should be raised to full-staff and then lowered to half-staff to honor all the men and women who died in the line of duty, then at 12 noon the flag should be raised back up to full staff to salute all those who have served. Also on Memorial Day at 3pm its called the National moment of Remembrances which asks all Americans wherever they are to pause for one minute to remember all those who have died in Military service. The reason why 3pm was chosen was that was when most Americans are enjoying their freedom on this holiday. So stay safe everyone and thank a Veteran!

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