Posted in America, Armed Forces, Holiday, Memorial Day, National, Patriotism, Uncategorized

OFFICIAL BIRTHPLACE OF MEMORIAL DAY

Hi guys,

Memorial Day is coming up.  I never thought of this question until now. What is the place where Memorial Day began.  It’s a good question.  I found an answer to it below:

Official Birthplace Declared In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim say earlier observances in other places were either informal, not community-wide or one-time events.

By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities.

It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May.

Happy Memorial Day

 

Jenny

Online reference:  https://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp

Posted in America, Holiday

CINCO DE MAYO (The fifth of May)

cinco-de-mayo-poster-template-for-invitation-for-fiesta-party-vectorHi Guys,

Wow! May is almost over and it’s been a good month so far.  However, I don’t want to leave May without first talking about Cinco de Mayo day, which we observe every year on May 5th.  

Have you ever wondered why Cinco de Mayo day is celebrated here in the United States?  That’s a good questions. 

Here’s why:

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Sunday, May 5 in 2019, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

Talk to you later,

Jenny

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Online reference:  https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo