Memorial Day is upon us. On this federal holiday we honor and remember those men and woman who have died in service to our country. As we take time to reflect on the sacrifice that these military members have made, let us look at how Memorial Day began and ways that we can observe it today.
The Civil War brought about many deaths for both Confederate and Union soldiers. The numerous casualties are also what began the institution of national cemeteries. After the Civil War many towns began honoring their fallen soldiers by laying down flowers on graves and/or saying prayers. As this tradition grew it became known as Decoration Day and was celebrated on May 30. That day was chosen because it was not the anniversary of any particular battle.
As the years passed Decoration Day became a federal holiday, changed names to Memorial Day and is yearly recognized on the last Monday in May. There are many ways that people observe Memorial Day. Every year on that weekend, motorcyclists journey to Washington DC in the Rolling Thunder Run, an event that brings attention to Vietnam War soldiers that were abandoned as missing in action or prisoners of war.
As you think about the ways that you are going to recognize Memorial Day, don’t forget to find ways to honor those men and women in your life, or the life of your loved ones, who have passed while in service. Here are some ways to honor those men and women who gave their lives for our country:
- Visit a cemetery and leave flowers or place flags on the grave(s).
- Visit a war memorial.
- Fly the U.S. flag at half staff.
- Fly the POW/MIA flag.
- Attend a local Memorial Day ceremony or parade.
At In Home Personal Services we are proud to observe Memorial Day and reflect upon those soldiers who died while fighting for our country, and proud to serve those seniors who have fought for our country. In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.