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Memorial Day Trivia

William Moraw William Moraw , 5/22/2014
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Cadence Insurance, TX, Memorial DayFor many people, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season. While it is still officially spring, the holiday serves as a kick off to warm weather fun. The holiday itself has much more meaning and you can find a great deal of interesting information regarding the subject. Origins of Memorial Day Memorial Day is set aside as a day to honor the individuals who died in service to the United States. The true origins are not completely known, however, the day of remembrance was originally called Decoration Day. It is believed that much of the tradition started in the south as women decorated the graves of Confederate soldiers. General John Logan officially proclaimed Memorial Day in May 1868 and the first observance was on May 30, 1868. At the time, the remembrance involved placing flowers on the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers in Arlington Cemetery. Controversy and Acceptance In 1873, New York became the first state to officially recognize Memorial Day. All northern states accepted the holiday by 1890. However, southern states chose not to accept Memorial Day for their remembrances. It was not until after World War I that the holiday was accepted in southern states as a remembrance of all war dead. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day as a national holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday in May. The National Holiday Act created a three-day weekend. This in itself has led to controversy with some groups requesting the official day be returned to May 30, to more truly honor the holiday. Moina Michael is credited with the use of red poppies for the holiday. She started by selling the poppies for wear on the holiday with proceeds benefiting service personnel. This custom has expanded to many other countries and poppy sales are used to benefit disabled veterans and other organizations. The state of Texas officially recognizes the holiday, but also uses January 19 as the date to remember Confederate soldiers. No matter how you celebrate the day, do remember that it was meant as a way to honor heroes. Content provided by Transformer Marketing. Sources: