On May 5, 1868 General J. Logan called for a national day of remembrance to happen later in the month on May 30 for the purpose of, "strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country...and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land."
While Memorial Day was established to honor those lost during the Civil War, it eventually became a day that honored all those who had died in war. For some time, Memorial Day was observed on May 30, the date General Logan originally selected but in 1968 Congress established the last Monday in May as the official holiday under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which became a 3-day weekend for federal workers. This same law also had Memorial Day becoming a federal holiday.
To this day, cites across the nation have parades and events to honor our fallen. And while it is a time we give thanks to those who serve, Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day where we remember the men and women who died while serving.
Did You Know?
On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
Martellas, a small family owned operation takes pride in our patriotic decor that supports our military and pays respect the great flag of the United States.