In memory of many, in honor of all. Thank You!
Take a moment to learn the history behind the observance of this Memorial day 2016. It’s more than just a long weekend full of barbecue and days off — it’s a patriotic holiday intended to honor the Americans who have died protecting this country and also to honor the ones still alive serving in the armed forces or who have served.
Memorial Day started as a way to remember the more than 620,000 people who died in Civil War, which has been called the bloodiest conflict on U.S. soil. The first official Memorial Day observance took place in 1866 in Carbondale, Illinois, but the official “birthplace of Memorial Day” is Waterloo, New York. At the time, it was referred to as Decoration Day.
Over the years, the observance widened in scope to include all American casualties of war. It became a formal national holiday in 1971 and has been observed ever since.
Our President said in a speech commemorating Memorial Day last year at Arlington Memorial Cemetery :
“The Americans who rest beneath these beautiful hills, and in sacred ground across our country and around the world, they are why our nation endures, Each simple stone marker, arranged in perfect military precision, signifies the cost of our blessings. It is a debt we can never fully repay, but it is a debt we will never stop trying to fully repay. By remaining a nation worthy of their sacrifice.”