Memorial Day began as a remembrance of those who had served and died in the Civil War. It was originally known as Decoration Day as the graves of the fallen were decorated. This practice, and other remembrances, occurred all through the Nation, North and South, in the late 1860’s.
Many cities claim to be the original site of the first Memorial Day. Waterloo, New York became officially recognized in 1966 through a decree by President Lyndon Johnson. Today, Memorial Day is celebrated the last Monday in May and the official celebration takes place at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., with the President giving a speech and laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Memorial Day is, of course, celebrated throughout the country with local ceremonies, parades and other activities to honor those who have given their ‘last full measure’ for our country.
So we ask that during this Memorial Day weekend, which kicks off the Summer with back yard barbeques and the big race at Indy, please take a moment and remember those who have sacrificed and also to remember our men and women gallantly serving today in harms’ way throughout the globe.