The Importance of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an important American Holiday celebrated every year on the last Monday in May. This Holiday is to commemorate those who have died fighting for our freedom across the world.

Memorial Day was originally started after the American Civil War when families and friends would honor the loss of soldiers. This was held every year; however, it was never an official US holiday until 1968 when the US Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This act made Memorial Day on the last Monday of May to honor soldiers who died in past or future wars. Memorial Day also became a federal holiday; which gave all federal employees a three day weekend. 

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A US soldier places flags at Arlington National Cemetery. Image from History.com

This is a day of remembrance to remember those who have fought for America and also for American Freedom. But, this year will be different from the rest. There will not be big parades, concerts, or even a celebration. Due to the Coronavirus, many events are canceled and people are staying home to celebrate. This year we should also honor and remember those people who are on the front lines helping and protecting the American citizens who are affected by this pandemic. Celebrate at home with family and have a small cookout and remember those who fought for your freedom and those who are currently doing so. 

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JFK with Major General Paul A. Gavan at Arlington National Cemetery. Image from JFKlibrary.org

In the words of the 35th President, John F. Kennedy, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” From all of us at CBB Review, have a safe, healthy, and happy Memorial Day.

Featured image from Military.com