3 Memorial Day Facts

3 Memorial Day Facts

Memorial Day is perhaps one of the most recognizable days of US History. The day is significant for a variety of reasons. For Americans, Memorial Day is not just another day off, but a day of significance that reminds us of what brave men and women fought for. 

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May each year. Below are some facts on the history of the holiday. 

1. Logan Made It Official

General John Logan is known to be the first to issue the order to make the event official. His order stated that the day would observe the decorating of the graves of those who laid their lives in defense of their country. It was hoped that participants would honor the fallen heroes once a year by visiting and decorating their graves. Initially, the day was recognized as "Decoration Day" but was later changed to "Memorial Day" in 1967.  

2. A Federal Holiday

New York was among the first states in the country to designate this day as a legal holiday. By 1890, many states followed and began celebrating the day as a holiday. 

3. Memorial Day Traditions Have Evolved Over the Years

Traditions for Memorial Day have changed throughout the years, however there are still some rituals that should be followed on this day. The American Flag should be hung at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, then raised to top of the staff. Another ritual that began in 2000, is that Americans are encouraged to pause for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time. 

We hope you have a great Memorial Day, while honoring, and remembering the brave heroes who served.