Remember The Fallen: Memorial Day 2019 May 24, 2019 23:47
Memorial Day in the United States is special day where we remember our fallen service members from all of America’s conflicts. This year, it will be held on Monday, May 27, 2019.
If they were in any branch of the United States Armed Forces and gave the ultimate sacrifice, no matter what battle, conflict, or war they were involved in, Memorial Day serves to commemorate and honor every American Soldier who lost their life in the protection of the freedoms we enjoy, take advantage of, everyday.
To lighten the mood just a little bit, Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start of summer which will be filled with patriotic barbecues, USA themed pool parties, and classic rock concerts all while sporting the best badass American tees and tanks showing your love for your country and your support for its veterans and active duty service members!
Summer-time fun is basically an American tradition, but remember the real reason we can have our summer fun is because of the commitment and ultimate sacrifice of the members of our armed forces – from all of America’s conflicts.
A Little History
The first Memorial Day – it was actually called Decoration Day – observed in 1868, three years after the end of the American Civil War. A Union general called for a nationwide observance of the sacrifices of soldiers, sailors, and Marines during the conflict. Up until then, there had been many local celebrations and commemorations across the country where citizens would lay flowers on grave stones, reconnect with distant family, attend church service, and share dinner.
Individual states enacted legal commemorative holidays with New York celebrating the first official statewide Memorial Day in 1873 (Waterloo, NY was the first town to observe Memorial Day). The holiday had been solely focused on Civil War dead, but after World War I, Memorial Day was changed to include the dead of all America’s wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was officially declared a national federal holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday in May.
Celebrate, but Commemorate
Memorial Day commemorations are held in just about every town in the country. Usually, veterans’ organizations, schools, and other groups place small American flags on gravestones at veterans’ cemeteries. Other events include parades, speeches by veterans, and cookouts. We love cookouts and know that you can be respectful of the fallen while also celebrating their service. We also like to look good while honoring these American heroes – especially by wearing patriotic apparel like our I Don't Kneel T-Shirt or the Don't Tread on Me Tank.
Even though we like to have fun, we recognize that we’re only able to really enjoy the freedom and liberty of this country because of the sacrifices of those who gave their lives for us. Our business is possible because they fought and died to protect the greatest political, economic, and social system in the history of the world. We can’t thank them enough.
We want to see how you’re celebrating and commemorating our fallen heroes this Memorial Day. Are you placing a flag at a veterans’ cemetery? Wearing a poppy flower on your lapel (poppy flowers are the defining image of both Memorial Day and Veterans Day)? Walking or watching a parade? Use the hashtag #memorialday2019 and #mericasupplyco to share your patriotic Memorial Day images and messages to show your appreciation for our fallen heroes.