You get the day off from school, but do
you have any idea why? We've got the 411 on the national holiday that
announces the arrival of summer.
What’s it all about?
Day is a national holiday that was created to honor those who died in
our nation's service. It always falls on the last Monday of May, and
often marks the beginning of the summer season.
called "Decoration Day” upon its conception in 1868, the
holiday was meant to mourn soldiers who had died in the Civil War.
After World War I, it was extended so that citizens could honor any
American soldier that died in combat, regardless of the war in which
What’s happening today?
nation-wide moment dedicated to remembrance occurs at 3 p.m. local
time on Memorial Day. The U.S. flag is traditionally flown at
half-staff from dawn until noon as well. An annual concert also takes
place at the Capitol. Many towns and cities also host Memorial Day
parades to honor locals who have served the U.S. Be on the lookout
for marching bands, outdoor music festivals and special services at
churches and cemeteries.
What should you do?
Take your pick, babe! Tune in to watch
the concert on T.V. or attend a local fete with family and friends.
Many people choose this weekend to celebrate the coming of summer.
Grills are fired up and pools are opened, so don’t forget your
swimsuit. Wanna pay tribute to the brave individuals who fight for
our rights? Lay flowers on graves at a local cemetery or gather your
girl friends for a service day spent weeding, cleaning up gravestones
and volunteering at veteran’s hospitals and shelters.
What are you gonna do today,
BY KELLY HATTER ON 5/30/2011 7:00:00 AM
POSTED IN holiday, memorial day, In the News