26 May This Memorial Day Remember, Reflect, and Honor
Memorial Day is quickly approaching, marking the unofficial start of summer. This time of the year is filled with warm days, and breezy nights to be enjoyed with family and friends. But first and foremost, Memorial Day is a day dedicated to the memory of fallen military service members. People around the US honor the memory of those that fought in wars, and paid the ultimate sacrifice for the country.
Although it is unclear where the first observance occurred, on Memorial Day people visit military cemeteries around the nation to place flowers on the graves of deceased soldiers. It was declared a holiday in 1971 by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, and since then, we have established several traditions surrounding this special day. For example, PBS sponsors the free National Memorial Day Concert event on the West Lawn of the Capitol. The concert also features guest appearances by artists, stories of fallen soldiers, and military vets. For more information about the concert, go to PBS National Memorial Day Concert website .
There are also parades, ceremonial decoration of graves in cemeteries, wreath-laying ceremony in which the U.S. President takes part, and other activities around Washington, D.C. This year, South Floridians can enjoy the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show in Miami Beach. The city of Hollywood (in Broward County) is hosting the 63rd Annual Fred Hunter Memorial Day Service in Hollywood Memorial Gardens (info here: Hollywood Gazette). Check your local listings for other city events. Most importantly, though, use this weekend to remember those that fought and died for our country and all its citizens.
We hope you have a happy, and reflective, Memorial Day, 2017!