While today is a health topic day on TwinCitiesView, I felt on this special Memorial Day holiday I’d write about this instead, Enjoy!
Happy Memorial Day (In Memory & In Honor Forever!)
It has been a privilege for our country to all who have fought hard and put their lives in jeopardy to protect our nation. We are thankful, blessed, and loved by each solider willing to put their life on the line to defend and honor the United States of America. We salute you! And to those who are family of fallen soldiers, hold your head high knowing they were a brave and strong person… Be proud!
What Is Memorial Day?
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Wikipedia It is held every year on the last Monday in the month of May. It is common for many people to visit cemeteries on this day and bring flowers, small American flags, and other special items to decorate the gravestones. It’s a way to show appreciation and love.
- Memorial Day was once called ‘Decoration Day’ right after the Civil War. People decorated gravestones of the MANY soldiers that died during the war.
- The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). USMemorialDay.org
- Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971, making sure there would always be a three day holiday weekend in remembrance of those who died in ‘any war.’
- Moina Michaels was a woman who wrote the poem “We cherish too, the Poppy red that grows on fields where valor led, it seems to signal to the skies, that blood of heroes never dies.” She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms. Michael. When she returned to France she made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help.Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms. Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it. USMemorialDay.org
Celebrate Memorial Day!
… And RIP to my grandpa Mike ‘Myron’ Lee Johnson who died long ago being honored with a purple heart!)
Take care readers!
photo 1 by: lovethispic.com
photo 2 by: forbes.com