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.
Online reference: https://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp
While we were having fun barbecuing, eating watermelon, and hotdogs, and hamburger grilled outside, and drinking our favorite drinks and playing yesterday, it was such fun. But do you know that it was because of the meaning of this day, Memorial Day, that we could have such fun. So let’s see what makes it so special:
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
So, remember to thank God for all those men and women who served in this great country’s military so that we can have fun on Memorial Day.
Hello guys, it’s me Jenny. I was thinking about Memorial Day and all those who have protected us in America with their own lives. Wow, I appreciate them and I really love them. We can talk to each other and go places because of them.
I want you to look at the picture below. It’s of some kids just like you. They lived in 1865. The one holding the flag is in the lead and they are honoring, saying ‘Thank You’ to some soldiers who died a long time ago. Now, you know that kids in every age can be good patriots, too. Just like you. Ask mom and dad about Memorial Day if you need to. They’ll tell you that it’s a time when the entire country remembers men and women who fought in wars for our great country so that we can be free. Do you want to honor them? Then make it the best life you can and help others. Talk to you soon.
Online reference: http://sfbayview.com/2014/05/the-first-memorial-day-was-black/