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And, if you have the chance, join in a parade. But wherever you are, when the clock strikes 3pm, observe the National Moment of Remembrance in silence and reflection for those who have perished during military service.
If you live near St. Louis, you can attend the 63rd annual “Good Turn,” at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, where local Boys Scouts and Cub Scouts decorate 189,000 grave-sites. What a proud tradition, now in its 63rd year. The cemetery has served as a burial landscape for soldiers since the Civil War.
And, is there a more stirring sight than seeing Arlington National Cemetery decorated with American flags at 250,000 grave-sites? The flags are planted there by the 3rd U.S. Infantry, which also maintains a vigil to ensure each flag remains standing throughout the weekend.
Decoration Day is the original name of this day of tribute, when people used flowers to decorate the graves of those who fought and died in the Civil War. A surviving general of this “rebellion,” as the general himself, John A. Logan, referred to the war, suggested back in 1868, that May 30th be a day of honor. More than a century and many world conflicts later, the tribute has expanded to include all men and women who served in the US military.
The day of honor evolved to be called Memorial Day and as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday as well as a three-day weekend.
It’s worth noting that the late senator of Hawaii, Daniel Inouye, introduced a bill in 1989 to move the holiday back to the fixed date as a way to stress the true meaning of the day. He reintroduced the bill in every Congress until his death last year.
Let’s be thankful for our three-day weekends, holiday BBQs and Caribbean vacations and remember on this Memorial Day those who have perished in service to their country.