Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day...

american flag
original photo found here

Memorial Day...I always think of get togethers and BBQ's.  But it's actually so much more.  I think this is the perfect time for a little history lesson! :)  We all know that Memorial Day is a day to honor men and women who have died while in military service but did you know...
  • the first Memorial Day was observed in Waterloo, NY May 5, 1866.
  • Memorial Day was first enacted to honor the union soldiers of the Civil War but was expanded to other wars after World War I.
  • Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day.
  • The name "Memorial Day" was first used in 1882 and was declared the official name by law in 1967.
Our home school studies have reminded me of the sacrifice the first Americans made so we could enjoy freedom like we do today.  So, on this day of fun, fellowship, and great food, let's take a moment to remember those who fought for our freedom...

4 comments :

blissful_e said...

God bless America!

A friend sent me this article about a special group of ladies who makes sure no soldier is buried alone: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37416579/ns/us_news-life//

MaryAnne said...

Very interesting facts, thanks for sharing!

Ana said...

God Bless America!

LibbyLibbyLibbyLibbyLibby said...

Thanks for the facts!

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