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by Countable | 5.25.20
Welcome to Monday, May 25th, Memorial Dayers...
Do you know the origins of Memorial Day?
For many, the Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer, a time for corporate America to markdown its wares, a time to enjoy the improving(ish) weather with beers, BBQs, and a three-day weekend.
You could argue that the freedom to pound Budweiser and scream “’Merica!” into the sky on a Monday night is secured by the brave troops in our armed forces. But the holiday’s true purpose is to honor the memories of American military members who lost their lives in the line of duty—and those who know the cost of war will tell you that saying “Happy Memorial Day” is a no-no.
The first observances of what would eventually become known as Memorial Day began the year after the Civil War ended in 1866, when a number of communities gathered together to decorate the graves of local soldiers who were killed in the conflict.
On the Radar
Stars and Bars
Today, Americans on both sides of the Mason-Dixon are setting off legal and illegal fireworks in honor of those who gave their lives fighting for the stars and stripes.
Throughout the south, however, a handful of states have another holiday to honor those who died fighting for the stars and bars.
Confederate Memorial Day is an official state holiday in Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina. It is unofficially observed in most southern states.
Alabama, Florida, and Georgia celebrate Confederate Memorial Day on the fourth Monday in April. Mississippi observes Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday in April. South Carolina honors Confederate soldiers on May 10. Virginia calls the last Monday in May Confederate Memorial Day.
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And, in the End…
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