Happy Memorial Day!

On May 27, 2013 by stratfordschools

What is Memorial Day? Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.

Did You Know? Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time. Please participate in reflecting during this time if you would like.

How Do People Celebrate? Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C. Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a less somber note, many people throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.

 Have a wonderful Memorial Day and a let’s all take time to remember and appreciate those who have fought for our country and who have lost their lives.

Warmly,

Stratford School 

 

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