Remembering Those We Lost On Memorial Day

Memorial Day is next Monday, and while many are excited for a three-day weekend and BBQs, it’s important to remember why we have this holiday. While we celebrate Veterans Day to thank and remember all those that served in our armed forces, Memorial Day is set aside to honor those that died while serving our country.

Before Memorial Day was declared the official name in 1967, it was previously known as Decoration Day. On May 5, 1868, General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, proclaimed that May 30, 1868 would be the day of the event.

According to history, while all of the northern states recognized Decoration Day by 1890, the South refused to acknowledge the day and celebrated it at a different time. This lasted until after World War I.

To learn more about the origins of the day and other interesting facts, click here.

Stay safe this weekend and please take a moment to remember all those that we have lost.