May has several holiday celebrations but one of the most important is Memorial Day.  We will soon see an abundance of American flags unfurled representing the freedom that Americans enjoy.  Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and was first observed in the years following the Civil War.  It was called Decoration Day because the family members of the fallen began decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.  It became a nationwide holiday on May 5, 1868 with the 30th of May as the remembrance date.  In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which made the date a federal holiday with the observance commencing on the last Monday in May.  Today, towns across America celebrate Memorial Day with parades and community events as well as cemetery visitation.  As we celebrate with family and friends, please remember those who gave all, and that freedom comes at the cost of those willing to sacrifice themselves.


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