“These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea.” ~Schuyler Colfax
The day which marks the official arrival of summer is finally here: Memorial Day. Pools will be crowded with hot bodies eager to soak up some rays, back yard grills will be dusted off to prepare summer meals, and that perfect pair of flip-flops will be fished out of the summer storage box. Celebrated on the last Monday in May, this Federal Holiday originated after the American Civil War to honor fallen soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country. So this weekend, as you enjoy the extra day off of work, soaking up summer’s infant sun and sipping new seasonal ales, be sure to take a moment to remember the origins of the holiday.
Here are some fun facts to share with your friends and family this weekend:
1. On Memorial Day, the flag should be at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.
2. Red Poppies are recognized as the Memorial Day flower.
3. Memorial Day was first called “Decoration Day” because of the practice of decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers.
4. New York was the 1st state to officially recognize Memorial Day.