May 31, 2010
Happy Memorial Day!
Memorial Day is a special day in the United States. Celebrated on the last Monday in May every year, it recognizes and appreciates the men and women who died while in the military throughout our young history. It has been celebrated since 1865: it is no coincidence that that is the year when the American Civil War ended.
It was formerly known as Decoration Day, but it was changed to “Memorial Day” in 1882 to be more commemorative of the lives lost by military people.
Today, the holiday is most commonly celebrated in America by people, mostly military families, visiting grave sites or memorial places of fallen soldiers. Whether they visit national monuments (such as those in Washington specifically dedicated to fallen veterans) or personal family member sites, people tend to be solemn in remembrance. (Though that being said, lots of stores take it as an opportunity to promote advertisements and sales.)
On the upside of Memorial Day, it has become a tradition both to remember lives of lost military people, of course, but lately it has been known as a day to kick off the summer, in kind of a celebration of those lives (instead of mourning). So, people gather with their families and friends and look forward to the summer with sun and barbecues.
No matter how you celebrate Memorial Day, make sure to be safe! It is one of the busiest traveling weekends of the year (beside Thanksgiving), and people tend to get a careless…so, happy travels!
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am