Memorial Day is a holiday viewed by many Americans as an opportunity to have a weekend vacation getaway, gather in other ways including having cook-outs with family and friends, or just a time to relax. This can be the case, but it's also important never to lose sight of the holiday's significance.
Memorial Day, at times referred to as Decoration Day, is an American holiday voted into place for the remembrance of those who have passed away while serving in the armed forces. Observed every year during the last Monday of each May, it also signifies the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, and leading up to Labor Day, which denotes the ending of the season.
President Trump has proclaimed this year's Memorial Day on May 28th, as a day of prayer asking for permanent peace. He offered to designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11 a.m. as a time of the day in which Americans might unite in prayer.
A current American custom and trend is to visit the 151 national cemeteries and other memorials during this holiday that is filled with many emotions. Family members and friends visit the sites of some of the millions of service members who have died in conflicts while defending American democracy. U.S. officials state that Memorial Day is celebrated in late May because flowers are more likely to be blooming across the country. Deceased military personnel have many of their gravesites decorated on Memorial Day. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
On June 3rd, 1861, in Warrenton, Virginia, the first grave of a Civil War soldier was decorated. Thereafter President Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865, the more than 600,000 soldiers who had been buried from the North and South took on new cultural importance. An increasing observance of decorating graves took hold, and the federal government began creating national military cemeteries for the military personnel who passed away during service.
The first and the oldest Memorial Day parade is held in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., and the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade in Queens, N.Y., offer that they are the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation.
AAA estimates that over 41 million Americans will be traveling on this Memorial Day weekend, with 36.6 million of them traveling by car.
We at ProudOfTheUSA.com ask other proud Americans to join with us in prayer in remembrance and in aid for the families of fallen soldiers who have helped to keep America great and free.