Speaking of remembering, that's exactly what this upcoming federal holiday is about: remembrance. Monday is the celebration of Memorial Day which is a day in observance to remembering those who died while in service to our country. New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday with the rest of the northern states following suit. The southern states did celebrate it but not on the same day until after World War 1 when it was nationally celebrated on the same day which is on the last Monday of May.
Before it was called Memorial Day it actually used to be Decoration Day back when the holiday first started out after the Civil War in 1868. It used to be called Decoration Day because that's what its original purpose was; to decorate the graves of the fallen. One of the more popular options for decorating the graves were red poppies. Why?
It all started with a lady who decided that red poppies were a good symbolism and she started wearing them and selling them to others with the money going to organizations that help servicemen. From there on, the popularity grew and grew to nowadays it being the flower to bring to servicemen's graves on Memorial Day. Many military-related organizations often sell them, whether real or artificial, with the proceeds going to the same organization or somewhere else to help those in need who are or were in the service.
And since the holiday is on a Monday and everyone is off, there's lots of activities around town that can be done. For instance, many towns are having parades on and around the day of the holiday so be sure to check out local info for parades and any other holiday-related activities. Another thing that can be done during the holiday is to check out some historical museums, monuments, statues, you get the idea. But whatever it is you decide to do, I hope you have a great and safe holiday weekend.
Oh and one last fun fact; Memorial Day was chosen to be the last Monday in May because it's a day that doesn't celebrate or recognize any important battle dates to this day. Bet you didn't know that!
Til Next Time,