"The brave die never, though they sleep in dust, their courage nerves a thousand living men."
- Minot J. Savage
On Memorial Day, McGuire’s salutes America’s fallen soldiers as we reflect upon their bravery, patriotism, and immeasurable sacrifice. During the past year, and every year, we’ve served many satisfied customers who are currently enlisted in the military or who are military veterans. Perhaps that is why we strongly believe it is important that the meaning of this solemn holiday is not lost amidst plans for backyard barbeques, long weekend getaways, or shopping expeditions focused on scoring terrific Memorial Day bargains.
How much do you know about Memorial Day? Did you know that it was originally called Decoration Day or that it originated shortly after the Civil War?
Below, are some fascinating facts about Memorial Day that every American ought to know.
Intriguing Memorial Day Facts
• Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day until its title was changed to Memorial Day during the 1880s.
• Decoration Day originated in the South. The graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers were decorated on the first Decoration Day even though it was not an officially declared national holiday at that time.
• In March of 1868, Union Army General John A. Logan officially ordered a national day of remembrance for soldiers slain during Civil War battles.
• After WWI, the scope of Decoration Day widened to include all American military personal who had died during battles fought for this country.
• Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971.
Take a Moment
Regardless of whether you are hitting the shopping aisle or the beach on Memorial Day, there are a multitude of ways for you to honor the fallen on Memorial Day. One way to participate is to halt whatever you are doing and silently remember the dead during the National Moment of Remembrance. President Bill Clinton signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act into law on December 28,2000. The law designates the minute beginning at 3:00 pm on Memorial Day as the National Moment of Remembrance. Take a minute to pause and silently honor the war dead.
7 Additional Ways to Honor Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day
1. Red poppies are a recognized symbol for fallen soldiers. Buy red poppies to wear and give away on Memorial Day. Veterans of Foreign Wars often sell red poppies at shopping centers.
2. Watch Memorial Day programming on television.
3. Display the American flag at half-mast until noon and then at full mast until sunset on Memorial Day.
4. Visit a national cemetery to visit the graves of fallen soldiers.
5. Attend a local Memorial Day parade.
6. Plant a tree in honor of a fallen soldier you had known.
7. Donate to a nonprofit organization providing services to wounded soldiers.
Wishing all our customers, a restful and reflective Memorial Day.
What are your plans for Memorial Day? Do you have any suggestions for Memorial Day activities?
We'd love to hear from you.