To those who courageously gave their lives…Thank You!
Memorial Day is an American holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday in May. For all Americans, it is the day to remember and honor those who sacrificed their lives while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day was originally referred to as Decoration Day and came into prominence during the years following the Civil war and was much later, in 1971, declared as the official Federal Holiday. Many Americans commemorate Memorial Day by going to cemeteries or memorials, arranging family gatherings and by taking part in parades. Unofficially, this day marks the onset of the summer season.
For many years, Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30, the date General John A. Logan, decided on for the first Decoration Day in 1868. However, 100 years later, Congress approved the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which established the observance of certain holidays on Mondays. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act came into effect in 1971 which also created a three-day weekend for federal employees. Hence, another big reason apart from remembering and honoring those who gave their lives this country, for which why many Americans look forward to Memorial Day is: the extended week holiday.
Everyone has their own way to celebrate this important holiday and we at Rich Thomas believe that the holiday is incomplete without gathering with family and friends to share in bountiful food and drink.
But are the values now associated with Memorial Day merely just about an extended weekend, fun and food?
For some Americans, Memorial Day has become about festivities that come with a three-day holiday. It would be wrong to comment that people have by and large forgotten to celebrate the veterans. The main essence of the day has somewhat got diluted. Today, if we go online to find ideas about how to celebrate Memorial Day, we will find that there are hundreds of blogs or websites that will suggest ideas mostly centered around food and drink. It has also become common for restaurants to come up with unique menu items especially created for Memorial Day. Some of them create various drinks which match with the spirit of the day. Food websites are satiated with recipe suggestions that you can try to make during the holiday.
Memorial Day was primarily celebrated to honor and remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for this country. But, sadly visiting the cemeteries of our heroes has taken a back seat and wine & dine has become more prominent.
During the weekend festivities, one should not forget that we are free and are able to celebrate only because of those brave folk and they command our respect. So, this is what Memorial Day means to Rich Thomas.
Please tell us what memorial day means to you?