Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country. It began during the Civil War when organized women’s groups in several towns throughout the South decorated the graves of the Confederate war dead with flowers, wreaths and flags. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5th, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868.
To remember the true meaning of this day:
-visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
-fly the US Flag at half-staff until noon.
-fly the ‘POW/MIA Flag’ as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act).
-participate in a “National Moment of Remembrance”: at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played.
-renew a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our falled dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.