Memorial Day 2024

Memorial Day
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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring the military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. But for many Memorial Day is nothing more than a day off of work when you hang out with your friends and family, have a cookout, and drink beer to excess. For others, Memorial Day is a day on which those who died in active U.S. military services to their country are remembered, some go to the cemetery to honor and mourn those that they love, while others have a more private reflection, that often includes a toast to remember the fallen. It’s not to be confused with Veterans Day, which celebrates the service of U.S. military veterans, or with Armed Forces Day, which honors men and women currently in service. Many volunteers place an American flag on the graves of military personnel in national cemeteries.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial beginning of summer in the United States. It is traditionally observed on May 30 but is now officially observed on the last Monday in May.

Did You Know?
It wasn’t always celebrated on the last Monday of May. After the Civil War, General John A. Logan, commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, called for a holiday commemorating fallen soldiers to be observed every May 30. However, due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which took effect in 1971, Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday of May to ensure long weekends. Some groups, like the veterans’ organization American Legion, have been working to restore the original date to set Memorial Day apart and pay proper tribute to the servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives defending the nation.

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Welcome to the Average Joe Weekly blog. This is basically my place on the web where I can help spread some of the knowledge that I have accumulated over the years. I served 10+ years in the Marine Corps on Active Duty, but that was some 25 years ago.

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Welcome to the Average Joe Weekly blog. This is basically my place on the web where I can help spread some of the knowledge that I have accumulated over the years. I served 10+ years in the Marine Corps on Active Duty, but that was some 25 years ago.

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