It’s Memorial Day–a day when we pause to remember those who have given their lives for our country. And did you know there’s actually a legally required pause? It’s at 3:00 p.m. The legal requirement was passed by Congress in 2000. Of course this isn’t strictly reinforced, but I do like the idea behind it. Let’s remember to pause at 3:00 to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Did you know that…?
- Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day because of the decorations placed on graves.
- Originally, Memorial Day only honored soldiers who died in the Civil War.
- President Garfield gave a speech in Arlington cemetery on the first Memorial Day in 1868. In part, Garfield said, “If silence is ever golden, it must be beside the graves of 15,000 men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem the music of which can never be sung.”
Have a peaceful and reflective Memorial Day.