Memorial Day will be observed on May 28, 2018. This is America’s Most Solemn Holiday. For over 150 years, Americans have united in late May to honor those whom had sacrificed their lives in service to their country. Memorial Day rituals include: The American flag should be hung at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, then raised to the top of the staff. All Americans are also encouraged to pause for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time. Let’s take time out of our busy lives to remember our fallen heroes.
There were more than 620,000 soldiers killed in the Civil War. According to our history, in May 1868, General John A. Logan, the commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic issued a decree that May 30th should become a nationwide holiday to honor our fallen military. He wanted all Americans to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers to pay tribute to their sacrifice. Some say he chose this day due to the flowers across America being in full bloom. Makes sense doesn’t it… It wasn’t until later when the holiday began being observed on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day isn’t just about the Civil War, this is a day to pay tribute to all of our fallen heroes including; World War I, World War II and the Vietnam war.
American Flags Half Staff Until Noon – Then Raise to the Top of the Staff
For Floridians, Memorial Day is a time to celebrate in the sun. The water is warm, the weekend is long and people get to spend time with family and friends. Although for many, grilling out burgers and dogs, swimming and playing yard games is a favorite past time, there are numerous Memorial Day events in Florida you can attend. Check out the Florida Events Calendar to find things to do for Memorial day.