A three-day weekend is ahead of us soon, and many of you are likely headed to the beach or the mountains with family and friends. Or maybe you have a cookout planned with your neighbors and are gearing up for your first splash in the neighborhood pool. Before you zip up your suitcase or stock up on your SPF, take a moment and consider the real reason behind our day off on Memorial Day.
Memorial Day honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.
Classic Tassels and More is incredibly grateful for men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. While we will certainly enjoy some sweet family time to kick off the beginning of summer, we also intend to educate our children and grandchildren as to why Monday is a national holiday for our great country. And we will find time in our own way to honor those who have fallen.
We can’t express the true meaning of Memorial Day more eloquently than the words from this military family:
It happens every year. Someone will confuse Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day in a very heartfelt and I’m sure genuinely honest “thank you and your family for your service.” And while I appreciate your heart of gratitude please don’t confuse the two. This is not a day to give thanks to my family. We hold it very sacred and reverently in a place down deep because we have lived with those who didn’t return and honor the ones that came before them. It is the day for the fallen. So as we all make plans to celebrate our three-day weekend, let us not forget that it was bought with great sacrifice.
Five Ways to Honor the Fallen
- If you have little ones in your family, peruse the Time for Kids website here with them to help them understand the meaning of Memorial Day.
- Attend any special Memorial Day concerts, parades, and events in your area.
- Visit local national cemeteries or memorials with your family.
- Watch the live Memorial Day Concert on PBS.
- Fly your American flag at half-mast.
Related: don’t miss our free, printable decor for Memorial Day here.
Wishing everyone in our great nation a Memorial Day filled with gratitude.