Three years after the Civil War ended, Memorial Day’s first, fledgling observances began. At that time, this significant date was known as Decoration Day, and observed through the simple act of placing flowers on the graves of America’s fallen heroes. May 30 was chosen for these commemorative acts because so many flowers were readily available in abundance at that time of year. The past decade has brought an escalation in the number of America’s fallen heroes as well as their mourners, with no communities untouched. Families can preserve the sanctity of this date while maintaining hope for the future and joy in the present. No matter what state you call home, there are many ways to mark the day.
THE NATIONAL MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE
Most people are not even aware that 3 p.m. local time marks a moment of silence in commemoration of America’s fallen heroes and their families, and to do as an act of national unity. The National Moment of Remembrance Act was founded by Carmella LaSpada and signed into law by Congress in 2000, in an effort to encourage Americans to give something back to our country. Consider pausing the party and rallying family and friends to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance in unison, and to collectively share thoughts, recollections and memories of individuals they know who have served.
MEMORIAL DAY PARADES
REMEMBER OUR MILITARY FAMILIES
VISIT A HISTORIC LANDMARK
PLACE A FLOWER OR FLAG