While many people are enjoying barbeques and celebrating the beginning of summer, we thought it would be nice to research and review the real meaning of Memorial Day. This American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.
The American Civil War claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history, requiring the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. Originally called Decoration Day after the Civil War, the celebration of life began as we decorated the graves of those who lost their lives at war. In the 20th century, the Union and Confederate holiday traditions were merged into one and united as Memorial Day and extended to celebrate all Americans who have died while serving our country. In 1971, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday and many Americans observe it by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. This week, you’ll see many flowers and flags delivered and placed in cemeteries to honor fallen soldiers.
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day. Memorial Day honors those who have died during service while Veterans Day honors all who have served. On these days and all other days, we at Plano Flowerama honor those who are serving and have served. Your commitment to this nation does not go unnoticed and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!