Happy Memorial Day and unofficial start of summer! Americans of all ages will be celebrating with backyard barbeques and boats out on the lake. But there’s more to Memorial Day than just fun in the sun. Let’s take a look at the somber meaning behind this summertime holiday.
Memorial Day was created to remember the men and women who have died in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day has honored the fallen since the late 1860’s, after the end of the Civil War. Citizens would come together and decorate the graves in military cemeteries with flowers. It’s thought the end of May was originally picked for this occasion because flowers are in bloom all over the country.
So this weekend, take a moment to remember those who have given their lives to make this country what it is today. Then fire up that grill or make a splash in that swimming pool.
For kids that want to learn more about Memorial Day and the U.S. military, check out these great books from Capstone.
-Michelle Hasselius, Associate Editor