Today, we reflect upon all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend the freedom of our great country. This weekend we celebrate the lives of these individuals through the observance of Memorial Day.
A quick history lesson – Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, a day of remembrance of those who have died in our nation’s service. Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868, where flowers were laid at the graves of Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
As fellow Americans, let’s unite during this most sacred of holidays to honor those who have allowed us to enjoy our freedom and diversity. Whether you attend a parade to honor military personnel, or visit Arlington National Cemetery to say “thank you,” or simply observe a moment of silence, it is important to always remember that freedom isn’t “free” – and it is this price that we honor on this holiday.
Have a wonderful Holiday!
We hope you’re all enjoying your day off on this fine Presidents’ Day. In celebration of this national holiday, let’s take a few minutes to remember how our day off originated. Presidents’ Day was established to take one day to honor all American Presidents, but most significantly Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.
Initially, a day was set forth to celebrate George Washington’s birthday but many also saw fit to honor Abraham Lincoln’s birthday which was quite close to Washington’s. In 1968, things changed as the 90th Congress created a uniform system for Monday federal holidays. The law took effect in 1971 to change Washington’s birthday to the third Monday in February. The resulting controversy was sparked amongst citizens, politicians and entire states refused to honor the change. In protest, several states such as California and Idaho named the day Presidents’ Day. Today, the name ‘Presidents’ Day’ is widely accepted. For those of you in the DC area, it’s a great day to visit the monuments!
We’ve got our own celebration going on for Presidents’ Day. Check it out here:
Have a great Holiday!