Normally, on a Memorial Day, a mortgage blog would take the opportunity to talk about VA Loans, Texas Veterans Land Board Loans, or some other way to make money… but it doesn’t feel right to me to try and use this holiday to earn some extra cash. Instead, what I am going to do is spend a couple minutes covering the history of Memorial Day, and then talk a little about the forgotten heroes. The ones left behind.
Memorial day is a day of remembrance for those who have sacrificed their lives in the service of this great nation. This holiday, initially called Decoration day, is claimed by many towns to be their idea.
The first official Memorial day was celebrated on May 30, 1868, as a day to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers buried at Arlington after the Civil War. New York State was the first state to declare Memorial Day a holiday back in 1873, and was an official holiday of all of the northern states by 1890. The South boycotted this holiday, celebrating it on a different day… until The Great War
Subsequent to World War I, the definition of the holiday changed, to a holiday that honors American Soldiers who perished in any war.
So how is Memorial Day celebrated? Most people use it as an excuse to grill some meat, hang out with friends, and really don’t take the time to think about what the holiday means. But for others, this is a very solemn occasion. The US 3rd infantry places flags at the over 260,000 gravestones in Arlington National Cemetary starting on the Thursday prior to Memorial Day. They patrol the Cemetery, 24 hours a day, thereafter, to ensure that each flag proudly remains standing. The Boy Scouts and Cub scouts decorate the graves of fallen soldiers at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetary (150,000 graves), as well as many local National Cemeteries nationwide.
So how can we incorporate the celebration of Memorial Day into our lives, while still enjoying friends and families? Lets fly our flags at half-staff until noon on Memorial day, participate in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 PM… Pause for 3 minutes; reflect on what has been given to us, what has been sacrificed for our way of life. Finally, seek out ways to aid the widows and orphans of that those who paid the ultimate price left behind.
If you would like more information on how to help those who left behind, please feel free to call me, Rich Bonn, at 281.841.1723.