We’ve got great weather forecast for Memorial Day weekend and I’m sure many of you plan to celebrate outdoors with picnics or trips to the lake or neighborhood pool. But we hope you’ll also take some time to honor our veterans who have given their lives serving our country.
Wikipedia has great background information on Memorial Day, which began in honor of Confederate and Union soldiers before becoming a federal holiday honoring American soldiers from all wars just after World War I. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill passed by Congress moved Memorial Day to the last Monday in May to create a three-day weekend. A great tradition of the holiday is to fly the American flag at half-staff from dawn until noon of the holiday. Many Americans also visit memorials and cemeteries and a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3pm local time.
So enjoy your time off with family and friends but also take time to honor those that have made our freedom possible.