Today is the Memorial Day, a federal holiday passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971. Initially known as Decoration Day, it is a day observed in the United States on the last Monday of the Month of May, with different programs remembering those who have sacrificed their lives serving the nation for the betterment of the citizens. Many observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. While some organize picnic, barbecue,swimming, family gatherings,etc. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time, the national flag is flown at half mast for the whole day honoring the great dead souls.
Graves at Arlington (photo wikipedia)

Graves at Arlington (photo wikipedia)

The matter of the origin of this great day is still controversial.The residents of more than two dozen cities and towns of the USA claim their respective places as being the birthplace of this great historical day. Considering all these references, it seems that it had many separate beginnings;because, following the end of the Civil War several communities in every parts of the nation spontaneously gathered in different time/days of the year to honor the war deads in the 1880s. The act of which laid the joint foundation of Memorial Day. It is not important as to who was the first to begin this day, what is important is that Memorial Day was established.Decoration Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed officially on May 30, 1868. However, the southern states didn’t comply with this date until after the World War I preferring to honor their war dead on other days. But after the World War I, all the fifty states of USA joined together to observe this day on the same day.
Memorial Day is not about division and fragmentation,it is about coming together to honor those who didnt even hesitate to give away all for nation. Its all about remembering those great patriots who considered this nation more important than any thing else in their lives.


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