Memorial Day is right around the corner. On the last Monday of May, U.S. citizens remember the men and women of the armed forces who died while serving their country.
Formerly known as Decoration Day, the holiday was first celebrated on May 5, 1868 to honor fallen soldiers of both the Union and Confederacy of the Civil War. Flowers were placed on the graves of soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery.
New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday in 1873. The remaining northern states followed suit by 1890, while the southern states didn’t recognize the holiday until after World War I. However, many states honored fallen soldiers on additional days.
Take a moment on Monday 26, 2014 to remember those who died fighting for our country. To learn more, go to http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html
– Courtney Gettel
Bison Run ALA