Memorial Day is more than extended weekends, boating parties, and backyard barbecues. Lang Premier Properties presents ten Memorial Day facts to help lend some perspective to this somber, national holiday and to respectfully acknowledge those who gave their lives in order that we might freely live.
1. - Memorial Day began as a response to the vast carnage of the Civil war. Upwards of 620,000 brave, valiant soldiers died and such loss led to various commemorations of those precious lives throughout the country.
2. - In 1864, flowers were placed on the graves of those who lost their lives in the Battle of Gettysburg by a Pennsylvanian woman. The followng year led to a group of women decorating soldiers' graves in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
3. - April of 1866 led to a Mississippi woman placing flowers on Union and Confederate soldiers' graves and, in Carbondale, Illinois, 219 Civil War veterans marched in memory of their dead battle brothers to Woodlawn Cemetery. This march was the first community-wide Memorial Day observance in Carbondale.
4. - On May 5, 1866, Waterloo, New York, began an annual community service. While many towns attempted to lay claim to being the first to do this, Waterloo won congressional recognition as the birthplace of Memorial Day.
5. - Federal Memorial Day was established in 1888 for the purpose of allowing Civial War veterans who were government employees to honor their deceased comrades without being penalized a day's pay.
6. - Arlington National Cemetery's first Memorial Day ceremony was presided over by President Ulysses S. Grant on May 30, 1868. Arlington was Confederate General Robert E. Lee's plantation until 1864.
7. - The remains of the first Unknown Soldier were interred at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 1921. The soldier was a World War I fighter. All the tombs of Unknown Soldiers are inscripted with: "Here rests in honored glory an American soldier but known to God."
8. - President Ronald Reagan emotionally presided over the interment of the remains of an unidentified Vietnam War soldier November 28, 1984. There were only six bones to be burried. Fourteen years later, it was discovered that the remains were those of Air Force pilot Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie. His jet crashed in 1972 in South Vietnam.
9. - Memorial Day custom dictates that the American flag be flown at half staff until noon and then risen to the top of the staff until sunset.
10. - Confederate Memorial Day is on the fouth Monday in April in Alabama. Other southern states celebrate this holiday on different dates.
However you choose to go about your day, please remember those who died so willingly in defense of your freedoms. Freedom is never free and the sacrifice can be quite painful for those wishing to rise to its defense. Thank you to all veterans who have fought and continue to fight for the freedom of our country.
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