When people think about Memorial Day they usually think warm weather, picnics, parades, and honoring our Military. Memorial Day is so much more….Memorial Day is a day that we remember the Men and Women of the Military who died serving our Country.
According to the US Department of Veteran Affairs, Memorial Day was originally established as Decoration Day in 1868, three years after the Civil War had ended to decorate the graves of those who died with flowers. This day was only observed for those who died in the Civil War. It wasn’t until after World War I that it was expanded to honor those who died in all American Wars. 1 Finally, in 1971, Memorial Day was declared a National Holiday by an Act of Congress and was also noted to be observed on the last Monday of May.1
All across the United States we see observances that are held. One of the biggest is held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery. There lay four soldiers, unidentified from World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Smaller observances are held throughout the Country on Memorial Day and we remember always those who died fighting for our Country.
CareGivers America would like to take this moment to remember and honor those who have sacrificed their lives to protect our country. We would also like to thank those who are currently serving along with those who have served our beautiful country.
 “Memorial Day History.” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, 20 July 2015, www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp.
 “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.” Arlington National Cemetary, www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Explore/Tomb-of-the-Unknown-Soldier.
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