Memorial Day had its beginnings in the late 1860’s after the Civil War. It was originally called Decoration Day to celebrate Union soldiers who died during the conflict. Confederate soldiers also were celebrated on a different day in early Spring. After World War I, these holidays were combined and named Memorial Day which was celebrated to honor Americans who had fallen in all wars to protect our country. The holiday was celebrated on May 30th.
Our Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968 and determined that Memorial Day was to be observed on last Monday in May. The result of that legislation created a three-day weekend for federal employees and declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
This year it is a fitting time to feel gratitude for all who have given their lives to allow us the opportunities we all enjoy today. This Monday take a few minutes or more to honor our fallen heroes as we welcome the beginning of summer.
Les Merritt and his staff wish you a fruitful and safe summer and will reflect for a few precious moments on the abundant lives we are all privileged to have.