Memorial Day Commemoration Kids News Article

Memorial Day honors those who have died during US military service. (Welcomeveterans.org)

Memorial Day, which will be observed May 30, 2022, is often considered the “unofficial” start of summer by Americans. However, the US federal holiday, famous annually on the last Monday in May, at a solemn objective. This honors the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces of the United States. This includes those in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy.

General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), organized the first memorial day observance on May 30, 1868. He hoped that a special day to commemorate the nation’s fallen heroes would help heal the crevasse between the northern and southern states, whose inhabitants are still recovering from the American Civil War (1861-1865). Logan and 5,000 others attendees marked what was then called “Decoration Day” by placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

In 1968, the United States Congress declared Memorial Day, a federal holiday. Lawmakers also moved the holiday date to the last Monday in May to allow Americans to enjoy a three-day weekend. But some believe that the change, which has come into effect in 1971, has cause the holidays to lose his importance. Children see it as the beginning of summer, while adults see it as a opportunity at host barbecues and do good business.

In December 2000, former US President Bill Clinton passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act to remind Americans of the true purpose of the holiday. The law urges Americans to observe a minute of silence at 3:00 p.m. (local time) to honor heroes. who has sacrificed their lives for safety and freedom of our country. So this May 30th, put aside the burger and root beer floats for a few minutes and think about all the brave men and women who are no longer around to enjoy the three-day weekend with the family.

Resources: History.com, Wikipedia.org, Va.org, PBS.org

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