Posted on 05/30/2016 at 10:04 AM by Dena Boelter
Technically, summer doesn't start until June 20. But many people consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start of the season. This year, we celebrate the holiday on May 30. Many families will heat up the grill and invite family and friends over.
But Memorial Day has a larger meaning than the unofficial start of summer!
On May 30th, 1868 Union General John A. Logan declared the day an occasion to decorate the graves of the fallen Civil War soldiers.
President Richard M. Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971, on the last Monday of May.
This day is an occasion to honor the men and women who died serving in the United States military. A lot of people will put flags or flowers on the graves of those who served. This year, please enjoy your time with your family and friend while you are standing in the backyard around the grill, but please do not forget those who have given everything so we can be free!
Written by Matt McPherson
Photo is of Arlington National Cemetery