It's Memorial Day...yippeee! A leisure day off from work, enjoying BBQ while wearing white pants and scouting the best sales. But what is all of the celebration about? Today is about celebrating soldiers who gave their time and lives up for our country. Here are four more things that you may not know about today!
- Originally created by General John Alexander Logan. General Logan was the Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic. He wanted to honor Union soldiers that were killed in the Civil War.
- The day was first celebrated in Waterloo, N.Y. on May 5, 1866.
- It was originally known as Decoration Day due to the flowers, flags and other decorations that were placed on the graves of fallen soldiers.
- It is customary on Memorial Day to fly the flag at half staff until noon, and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset.
In the house watching movies? Take a look at Lone Survivor. It came out last year and it is a great Memorial Day style movie. And another reason to watch...two words: Mark Wahlberg.
Thank you to all of our veterans, fallen soldiers, active military, their families and all personnel who dedicate their lives to keeping ours safe! How do you celebrate Memorial Day?