“For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”– James A. Garfield
Memorial Day commemorates those who lost their lives serving in the US Armed Forces. With the somber meaning behind the holiday, it may seem contradictory that it is also widely treated as a day of celebration and marks the beginning of summer for many.
“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt
Though it wasn’t officially called Memorial Day until 1967, the event has been celebrated since shortly after the Civil War. Interestingly, observing the holiday with a mix of solemn remembrance and boisterous celebration is almost as old as the holiday itself. According to a Time article from 2017, it seems that the event may have been celebrated joyously as early at 1875. More modern takes on the holiday note that the festivities meant to celebrate the freedoms those fallen soldiers helped secure.
“The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.”– Judd Gregg
Whether you prefer to pay homage to our departed heroes with quiet remembrance or boisterous revelry, we hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day!