Memorial Day is just a couple of days away. This national holiday occurs the last Monday in May. This holiday, originally, was a day to remember all the Union soldiers who had died during the Civil War, but over the years it has come to encompass those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
The First Memorial Day-like remembrance and celebration was likely held in Charleston, South Carolina at the Washington Race Course on May 1, 1865. This was the site of a large Union soldier graveyard. Freed slaves held a parade, sang songs, and honored those that had died in order for them to be free. They then held races, picnics, and listened to speeches.
There are many official and unofficial traditions associated with Memorial Day. Many families visit cemeteries and gravesites of deceased family members. People visit local memorials and sites of remembrance. You often see the American flag at half-staff from dawn until noon. One of the biggest traditions, however, is attending local parades and then going to neighborhood or family barbeques.
Memorial Day is not only a day of remembrance, it is also the unofficial beginning of the summer vacation season. I hope that you have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend and that your summer is full of fun, family and friends!