Reflecting on Memorial Day
Posted on April 29th, 2021
Memorial Day is often spent enjoying great weather with friends and family around a picnic table, barbecuing and watching kids play in the green grass. We are given the opportunity to enjoy this day because of those who served our great country and lost their lives defending our freedoms.
Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day, which started because of the American Civil War. It began as an event to honor soldiers who died during that war and was later expanded to include casualties from all wars fought by American forces.
Over 24 cities and towns across the country laid claim as the birthplace of Memorial Day. However, Waterloo, New York, was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966.
Today, we celebrate the holiday on the last Monday of May. Originally, it was celebrated on May 30, regardless of the day of the week that it fell. But in 1968, the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill was passed by Congress, and as a result, starting in 1971, the holiday date changed.
If you are looking for a way to reflect and acknowledge the sacrifices made by those who died defending our freedom and values, the “National Moment of Remembrance Act,” which was signed into law in December 2000 by President Bill Clinton, specifies that every American should pause for one minute at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day each year.
The board would like to extend our condolences to the family members who lost loved ones as well as those who carry the scars of war from serving our country.
On behalf of the board and employees, thanks to all veterans — past and present for defending our freedoms. Have a happy and safe Memorial Day!
Rick Love, Chairman