Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. On this day, flowers were placed on the graves of soldiers who had died in action.
Although Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday in May, the holiday was first observed early in May in the North.
Memorial Day was observed at the end of May in the South in the years following the Civil War, according to USMemorialDay.org.
Following World War I, Memorial Day became a day to honor those who died in service to our country during all wars. Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971.
From parades and solemn observances to groups of scouts decorating graves of veterans, Memorial Day is celebrated from coast to coast across America.
Memorial Day holds a special meaning for those families who have lost a family member in service to our country.
Memorial Day also holds a special meaning for veterans and their families and those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces.
As families gather this weekend, enjoying a sunny day at the beach or lake or a family cookout, it’s important to teach our kids why we have this three-day weekend.
Celebrated by many as the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day is about sacrifice. The freedoms we enjoy have been gained through the sacrifices of men and women through the years.
Whether you visit a local cemetery to decorate the graves of family members, attend a Memorial Day Observance or honor our military heroes in some other way, take time to share the meaning of the day with your children.
There will be a Memorial Day Observance in Lynchburg at Monument Terrace at 11 a.m. today. The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford will also hold a Memorial Day Observance at 11 a.m.
At Arlington National Cemetery, there will be a Wreath-Laying Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknowns, followed by a Memorial Day Observance in the amphitheater.
My endless gratitude goes out to all who have given their lives in service to our country to advance freedom for all.
To the families of those who were declared Missing in Action or taken Prisoner of War, thank you for your family member’s sacrifice.
For those currently serving in the military and their families, thank you for the daily sacrifices you make in the name of freedom.
A special thanks to all veterans who put themselves in harm’s way for our country, especially Robert Atkins, my dad, who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.