The History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is just around the corner and everyone at Rochester Hills CDJR is making their plans for a fantastic weekend. But Memorial Day is about more than just barbecues, parades, and a long weekend from work; this holiday has its roots in an American tradition that deserves to be honored and remembered as we move into the season of pool passes and long summer nights.Memorial Day

The history of Memorial Day starts in the mid-1800s, just after the American Civil War ended. Thousands and thousands of American soldiers were killed in combat, a toll that required the creation of some of the first national cemeteries. People all across the county were looking for a way to honor and remember these fallen veterans, and many of them did so by visiting, decorating, and praying over their graves.

In 1868, General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic declared May 30th as “Decoration Day,” making it a unified time to remember these American soldiers. However, it wasn’t until after World War I that Decoration Day became widely practiced across the country to honor all fallen soldiers, not just those from the Civil War. In 1968, Memorial Day become a federal holiday and landed a permanent position as the last Monday in May.

Today, many families still use Memorial Day to remember the soldiers in their lives who have served or are serving. This year, make your Memorial Day about more than just relaxing with a plate of ribs. Take the time to honor those who have served our great country.

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