Tomorrow, May 26th is Memorial Day, and numerous Americans will pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice with one minute of silence at 3:00 p.m. local time. This memorial observance is called the National Moment of Remembrance. Like every final Monday of May, the fallen American heroes will be remembered by people wearing a red poppy all day as a sign of appreciation and respect.
Originally called Decoration Day, this holiday was officially proclaimed on May 5th, 1868, by General John A. Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. It was first observed on May 30th but was later changed to the last Monday of May ensuring a three-day weekend. The name of Memorial Day did not come into use before the end of World War II.
In my post of last year, you could discover several ways to pay your respects to those brave heroes who have died serving the United States. This year, I wanted to share with you something different and this infographic below does exactly that. On the infographic, created by Coupon Canny, you will find numerous facts divided into these few sections:
- What is Memorial Day?
- How do we celebrate?
- Special Memorial Day deals
This long weekend is often used to hold sports events, picnics or family gatherings, and it is generally identified with the beginning of cultural events for the summer season. However, in the midst of all this, people should take the time to honor the thousands of soldiers who gave their lives while defending their Nation.
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