Memorial Day, first known as Decoration Day, occurs next Monday, May 28th. It is a day to pay respects to those who have lost their lives serving our country. It was first celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30th 1868, and declared a national holiday in 1971. Since then, many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials and hold family gatherings in remembrance.
Many use the day off of work to spend time with family and friends in celebration of a three day weekend. We can get caught up in our own relaxation and forget what the purpose of the national holiday is all about. Because of this factor, Congress passed an act creating a National Moment of Remembrance in 2010 that encourages everyone to stop at 3 p.m. for a moment of silence.
We encourage you to stop whatever you are doing and remember the 1,196,798 Americans who selflessly gave their lives to ensure our peace of mind.