Memorial Day 2017 in the United States | Memorial Day Quotes

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Memorial Day 2017 in the United States | Memorial Day Quotes : Today our blog is on Memorial Day that is celebrated in U.S. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May and this year it will be celebrated on 29th of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.

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HISTORY OF MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use untill after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. The original national celebration of Decoration Day took place on 30 May 1868. When Memorial Day became a federal holiday, it was given the floating date of the last Monday in May. Since many companies close for the holiday, Memorial Day weekend is three days long for most people. It is the unofficial beginning of the summer vacation season that lasts until the first Monday in September, which is Labor Day. This meant that that, from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took a longer period for all American states to recognize the new date.

WHAT IS DONE ON THIS DAY???

It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half staff from dawn untill noon. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is combined with Jefferson Davis’ Birthday in Mississippi.

Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of remembrance. Many people choose to hold picnics, sports events and family gatherings on this weekend. This day is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season for cultural events. For the fashion conscious, it is seen as acceptable to wear white clothing, particularly shoes from Memorial Day until Labor Day. However, fewer and fewer people follow this rule and many wear white clothing throughout the year.

TRADITIONS

Some of the most common Memorial Day traditions that are still practiced in the United States today include:

  • Every Memorial Day, the U.S. flag is quickly raised to the tops of flagpoles, slowly lowered to half-mast, and then raised again to full height at noon. The time at half-mast is meant to honor the million-plus fallen U.S. soldiers who have died for their country over the years. Re-raising the flag is meant to symbolize the resolve of the living to carry on the fight for freedom so that the nation’s heroes will not have died in vain.
  • It is very common to visit cemeteries, particularly military cemeteries, at this time of year to decorate the graves. Small American flags, flowers, and wreathes are commonly placed by the tombstones.
  • On the U.S. Capitol Building’s West Lawn, a Memorial Day concert is held annually. The musical performances are broadcast live around the country on PBS t.v. and NPR radio. Attendance is free, but most watch or listen from at home.
  • There are literally thousands of Memorial Day parades all across the country in cities small and large. Typically, you will see marching bands, National Guardsmen, other Armed Forces members, and military vehicles from past U.S. wars.
  • Many will wear or put on display red poppies on this day as a symbol of fallen soldiers. This tradition grew out of the famous poem by Canadian John McCrae known as In Flander’s Fields, which he was inspired to write upon seeing red poppies growing over the graves of World War I soldiers.
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MEMORIAL DAY QUOTES

  • The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.  ~Benjamin Disraeli

  • “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice.” – President Barack Obama

  • There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.

  • “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” – Nathan Hale

  • I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.

  • “Ask not what your country can do for you– ask what you can do for your country.” — John F. Kennedy

  • They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast,And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” — Bill Clinton

  • The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.

  • “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.

  • “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” — Mark Twain

  • But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for,Is their monument to-day, and for aye.~Thomas Dunn English

  • A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.

  • I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.

  • “We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.” – Francis A. Walker

  • “Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.” — Bob Marley

  • The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.  ~Thomas Campbell

  • “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • I would rather be remembered by a song than by a victory.

  • “Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.” – President Calvin Coolidge

  • Better than honor and glory, and History’s iron pen,

  • Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.~Richard Watson Gilder

  • “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” — John F. Kennedy

  • Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

  • “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” – General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.

  • “They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.” – Henry Ward Beecher

  • A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.  ~Joseph Campbell

  • America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.

  • “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy

  • “True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.” — Robert Reich

  • For love of country, they accepted death.” – President James A. Garfield

  • “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice.” — President Barack Obama

  • Who kept the faith and fought the fight;The glory theirs, the duty ours.~Wallace Bruce

  •  “Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the Armed Services make to defend our way of life.” -Robin Hayes

  • “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” –-Joseph Campbell

  • “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.” – President Bill Clinton

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