Happy Memorial Day!

May 22, 2024

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, is a holiday observed on the last Monday of May each year. It is a day to honor and remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. In honor of the upcoming holiday, we would like to share some interesting facts about Memorial Day:

1. The first Memorial Day took place on May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery when General John A Logan declared it as a day to decorate the graves of fallen Union soldiers with flowers. Thousands of people gathered to pay their respects and honor the soldiers.

2. The tradition of decorating soldiers’ graves on Memorial Day continues to this day. Small American flags are placed on each headstone at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. Additionally on this day, American flags are flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon, then raised to the top of the staff until sunset as a show of honor and respect.

3. In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed by Congress. The Act established that Memorial Day would be observed on the last Monday of May each year. This change was implemented to create a three-day weekend for Federal employees and to provide a consistent date for the holiday.

4. In 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed by Congress to encourage all Americans to pause and remember the sacrifices of fallen soldiers at 3:00 pm local time on Memorial Day. This moment of silence serves as a reminder of the true meaning behind the holiday and provides an opportunity for reflection and gratitude.

5. Red poppies are worn on Memorial Day as a symbol to honor fallen soldiers and as a show of support to those serving in the military. The tradition of wearing red poppies dates back to World War I. During World War I, poppy flowers grew in abundance on the battlefields of France and Belgium where the soil was rich with lime from rubble left by the war. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D., who served on the front lines of World War I, wrote a poem, “In Flanders Fields” which was published and has become well known. The poem portrays the scene of bright red poppies blooming amongst the war-torn fields where so many soldiers had lost their lives. As a result, the red poppy became a symbol of the bloodshed and sacrifice of those who fought in the war. Today, people are encouraged to purchase and wear red poppies on Memorial Day as a means to honor the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom and show support to their families. The proceeds from the sale of the red poppies go towards supporting Veteran associates and funding charities and Veteran causes.

We at DWM would like to express our appreciation, gratitude, and respect to those who have served or are currently serving in the military.  We wish everyone a safe and Happy Memorial Day!


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