Memorial Day is a time set aside to honor those that have died in service of our country. This long standing tradition was inspired by the tributes offered to fallen soldiers following the Civil War. Originally held by local communities to pay respects to their lost, an official national holiday was created in May of 1868.
This time of remembrance was originally called Decoration Day so that it was not directly associated with the anniversary of any specific battle. People were encouraged to remember the sacrifices made by soldiers that had died and to decorate their graves with flowers. Today, this observation may have a different name, but the tradition of decorating graves and paying tribute to those that have died in service remains strong.
We want to take a moment to remember the brave American heroes that have sacrificed on our behalf, as well as the families who have lost loved ones in service. We also encourage you to learn more about this national holiday and take a few moments to participate in the national moment of remembrance which takes place on Memorial Day at 3:00 pm your local time.