Memorial Day

10 Interesting Facts About Memorial Day

Memorial Day

This weekend, we remember the men and women who gave their lives to serve our country. Traditionally, Memorial Day is a 3-day weekend that was officially declared by the federal government in 1971. Come 2018, Memorial Day is celebrated throughout the nation in varies ways, whether it be visiting a historic site to honor fallen soldiers, attending a parade or using the day to reflect on loved ones with friends and family.

At Timoti's, we would like to send a personal note of gratitude for each and every man and woman that is currently serving or has served our country. Read a bit more about the history of Memorial Day below, and join us at one of our three locations this Monday to enjoy wild-caught seafood, American-brewed local beers and other specials. 

10 Facts About Memorial Day:

  1. Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.
  2. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
  3. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
  4. The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. 
  5. By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.
  6. Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.
  7. In 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo—which first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.
  8. Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.
  9. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971. 
  10. Timoti's is open at all 3 locations on Memorial Day! 

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