Memorial Day is a federal holiday celebrated in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in this country’s armed forces. Not to be confused with Veterans Day, this is a holiday to remember all who have served and sacrificed their lives for our country.
Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day, which was established after the American Civil War in 1868 as a time for the country to decorate the graves of the Union War soldiers with flowers. By the 20th century, union and confederate holidays that were celebrated on different days came together to establish Memorial Day to honor all Americans who died while in the military.
To many, this long three day weekend is a time to kick off summer, have a BBQ, and enjoy the weather. For others, they will be decorating the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers, flags, or red poppies. Red poppies you wonder? Check out the following link and read the poem by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to find out why. http://www.flandersfieldsmusic.com/thepoem.html
BBQs, parades, picnics, and sunshine are all part of the fun, but we should also take some time to reflect on the real meaning of the holiday. It is a day to remember those who died while fighting for you, and for me, and our future generations.
The “National Moment of Remembrance” was passed in December 2000, which asks that at 3:00pm local time, for all Americans to observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect. Stop from whatever they are doing just for a minute, for a moment of silence or a listening to “Taps.”
From all of us here at the Lassen County Federal Credit Union, we wish all of you a very safe and happy Memorial Weekend. Don’t forget at 3:00pm on May 29,th take a moment to reflect and honor those who served and died for us all.