10 Interesting Facts About 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:
- 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.
- Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
- Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
- 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.
- 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.
- Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.
- 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.
- 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.
- The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971.
- Timoti's is open at all 3 locations on Memorial Day!
Information from History.com.