How and Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

To many of us, Memorial Day is a welcomed day off, with barbecues, a trip to the beach, or a short vacation. But Memorial Day means so much more than that, which is easy to forget when we’re enjoying our day off.

Memorial Day actually is a solemn day of remembrance, established to honor those who have died serving our country. The holiday was originally known as Decoration Day and was started after the Civil War to honor both Union and Confederate soldiers.

Memorial Day is celebrated how it is today because of the Uniform Holiday Act, passed in 1968, that designated the last Monday in May as Memorial Day every year.

So now we know why we celebrate Memorial Day, but what about how? There are lots of ways we can honor Memorial Day for its true meaning. You can attend a local parade or thank a veteran you might know.

Another thing you can do is participate in the National Moment of Remembrance, which happens at Memorial Day at 3 p.m., local time. Pause for just one minute to think about the sacrifice soldiers have made.

Enjoy your Memorial Day, and remember why you have the freedom to celebrate it.

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