First, what is Memorial Day?
Well, it’s a day of remembrance to those whom have died in the service to our nation. Although originally called Decoration Day, it was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, but first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington Cemetery.
What’s the problem you ask?
Well, just that. Memorial Day is a day to honor those who have passed away and we have turned it into a three day holiday weekend. Today, many Americans have forgotten the true meaning of Memorial Day. When people, know matter who they are, would honor those soldiers by taking and placing flowers on their graves. When there would be moments of silence, parades, or proper flag etiquette day to remember them. Some of us no longer do any of these things, yet alone take a minute to ask ourselves what Memorial Day even is.
What has been done?
Well, back in December of 2000, the resolution ‘National Moment of Remembrance’ was passed, which would re-educate Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day. This resolution asks that at 3 p.m. local time for all Americans, voluntarily, to observe their own moment of respect and pause from whatever they are doing and remember those in a moment of silence.
What can you do?
Well, for starters, you can educate yourself on this day. Also, you can join Senator Inouye, who introduced this bill on January 19, 1999, and many others on the proposal of the bill S 189 to the Senate, which proposes to restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day back to May 30th instead of “the last Monday in May”. Mr. Inouye reintroduced this bill on January 4, 2007 as S 70, but has had no further action. For more information you can log on to: http://www.usmemorialday.org/act.html.
As Memorial Day comes around, think about what it means to you. Is it just another holiday or will you remember those in the service who passed away for our nation?