By Lonnie Wilkey
Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 27. Millions of Americans will enjoy the day off and celebrate by swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, etc. The list is endless. My question is this: How many Americans truly understand why that day is a holiday to be celebrated?
According to the standard definition, Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It originally was known as Decoration Day and celebrated on May 30 of each year. The name was officially changed to Memorial Day by federal law in 1967 and the date was changed in 1971 from the traditional date of May 30 to the last Monday in May, according to Wikipedia. [Read more…]