Pause at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day to remember our fallen
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival of liberty.”— John F. Kennedy
Memorial Day is a day unlike any other. Its purpose is steeped in meaning and patriotism.
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for the men and women who have died while serving. For almost a century and a half, we have set aside a day to place flowers and flags on the graves of those who have given their last full measure of devotion to our country.
Even before the Civil War, people honored the graves of the war dead. However, the National Memorial Day holiday, originally known as “Decoration Day,” was first observed nationally on May 30, 1868, to honor the Union and Confederate dead. Later, it encompassed all of those — from the Revolutionary War to the present — who sacrificed their lives for our nation. Our country celebrated Memorial Day on May 30 until it became a national holiday in 1971 and observed on the last Monday of May.