Memorial Day was first celebrated on May 30, 1868, after the Civil war. When the day was first celebrated it was referred to as Decoration Day. The honoring of fallen soldiers was marked by placing flowers on their graves. The original date of May 30th was chosen because it was at this time of year all areas of the country would have flowers in bloom.
The term Memorial Day was declared a national holiday in 1967. The May 30th date was changed on June 28, 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Act which moved three holidays to specific Mondays of months to create three day weekends, with the law taking effect on the federal level in 1971.
Today Memorial Day celebrates all those currently in the Armed Services, Veterans, in addition to our fallen soldiers who have given the most extreme sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy.
In honor of those who serve, have served and have fallen in the line of duty, please reflect a moment on how through their service we have a nation where we have unprecedented freedoms and liberty in the United States.
Undoubtedly the most recognize bugle piece in the world, the haunting and sombering twenty-four notes of taps reminds us of the ultimate sacrifice fellow Americans have given while defending freedom.