The True Meaning and History of Memorial Day
It’s Memorial Day weekend, time to honor all our fallen heroes who fought for the freedom of our country. This year, we at Last Third Best Third wanted to share the History of Memorial Day with you. The articles below give a nice history of the meaning behind this special and somewhat somber holiday weekend.
The History Channel Explains the History of Memorial Day
The History Channel offers a treasure trove of historical information on tons of topics. Many people enjoy its television channel. What many people don’t realize is that the website is also fun and intriguing to delve into on a regular basis.
Here is a well-written synopsis of the history of Memorial Day, and includes
- the earliest tributes to our fallen heroes
- the original birthplace of Memorial Day
- how “Decoration Day” began
- national and local Memorial Day traditions, and
- why we wear a red poppy on Memorial Day.
Read the full article here:
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2019 occurs on Monday, May 27. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
7 Facts about Memorial Day
After reading the article above, you may know most of these facts. It’s still a good article to share with friends, to learn who founded Memorial Day; why he chose May 30th as the original official date for the holiday; and one thing that’s customary for presidents to do on this day:
Today, Memorial Day is synonymous with barbecues, picnics-but the holiday’s roots trace back far further than you might have realized. Below, a few facts about the history of Memorial Day, and how it’s evolved throughout its 150-odd years.
Did Women Start the Observance of Memorial Day?
The true observance of Memorial Day includes the laying of wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers. Who were the first to start that tradition in the United States? Read this to see how one simple gesture can unite a country:
In the years following the bitter Civil War, a former Union general took a holiday originated by former Confederates and helped spread it across the entire country. The holiday was Memorial Day, and this year’s commemoration on May 27 marks the 151st anniversary of its official nationwide observance.
The Poetry of Memorial Day
For those of you who appreciate the artistic view of history, these two beautiful poems ring throughout history the somber reminder that in the end, no matter which side we’re on, all will lie together:
The Blue And The Gray Francis Miles Finch (1827-1907)
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
…And Now for Something Completely Different
For those of us Last Third Best Thirders who will be throwing parties or attending barbecues, here are some healthy burger recipes from our go-to chef at Cuisinicity.com:
I thought I’d bring back this post just in the nick of time for memorial day! I mean who doesn’t love a burger grilled on the BBQ for a glorious memorial day backyard party, right? Of course, I make my burgers Cuisinicity style: you know by now that I don’t eat red meat at all.
Do you follow a special tradition to honor our fallen military heroes and the history of Memorial Day? Please share your thoughts and experiences below: