History of Memorial Day
Spring of 1865 marked the end of the Civil War, one of the most troubling periods in American history. As the years passed, people across the country began to hold impromptu tributes to those who had died in the conflict. In 1868, General John A. Logan, representing a group of Northern Civil War veterans, requested that May 30th be designated a national day of remembrance for fallen Civil War soldiers. He urged Americans to visit cemeteries and place flowers on the graves of those who had died. This holiday became known as Decoration Day.
Over the next century, America engaged in a number of military conflicts around the globe in which thousands of military personnel perished. In remembrance of these individuals, Decoration Day became Memorial Day, an official holiday to honor the memory of all military personnel who gave their lives in service to their country, both in the U.S. and abroad.
In 1968, the date of Memorial Day was changed to the last Monday of May by Congress via the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. It was also designated a federal holiday, giving federal employees a three-day weekend in which to celebrate the occasion. In 2018, Memorial Day falls on May 28 and will be celebrated by parades, memorial services, family gatherings and other festive activities.
At the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, a special Memorial Day Ceremony is organized annually on the Sunday proceeding Memorial Day and a special Veterans Day Ceremony is held on Veteran’s Day to honor our country’s veterans.
Military Appreciation Month
In addition to Memorial Day, there are a number of holidays in May that pay tribute to U.S. military personnel. May 8 is Victory in Europe Day. It commemorates the day Germany surrendered in WWII and is celebrated in major cities across the country.
Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day. On this day, military spouses are honored for their sacrifices in supporting a loved one in the military. Armed Forces Day commemorating the services of all active military personnel is celebrated on the third Saturday in May.
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