We all look forward to Memorial Day every year. It means a three day weekend. The unofficial start of summer. Friends. Picnics. The pool. The beach. The lake. In our excitement for the holiday weekend, it is easy to overlook the real reason that we celebrate Memorial Day.
According to military.com, The Grand Army of the Republic established Decoration Day three years after the end of the Civil War as a time for people to decorate the graves of soldiers killed during the war. It was not until 1971 that Congress declared Memorial Day (still referred to as Decoration Day by some) a national holiday, to be celebrated on the last Monday in May.
In December 2000, then president Bill Clinton signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act which encourages all Americans to take a moment at 3:00 p.m. (their local time) on Memorial Day to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for their country.
So as you enjoy your cookouts with family and friends, don’t forget the real reason that we are celebrating, and take a moment to pay homage to those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom.
Happy Memorial Day, from all of us at ESC
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