Memorial Day is treated as a holiday, and always on the last Monday in May, for a three-day weekend that’s viewed widely as the unofficial start to summer.
This day also is an observance, an occasion to remember heroes: every person who died in military service to the United States of America, all around the world.
A chronicle by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shows Decoration Day, a time to put flowers on the graves of personnel who died in the Civil War, was begun by the Grand Army of the Republic on May 30, 1868, barely three years after the war’s end, and the first large observance occurred at Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia, near Washington, D.C.
Various places already had started traditions of observances in the mid-1860s, VA records show, such as in Boalsburg, Pa.; Carbondale, Ill.; Columbus and Macon, Ga.; Columbus, Miss.; Richmond, Va.; and Waterloo, N.Y., which a century later, was declared by Congress and President Lyndon Johnson as the “birthplace” of Memorial Day, which was named a national holiday by Congress in 1971.
Information at History.com also states that the Civil War’s aftermath prompted the establishment of national cemeteries, and that during World War I, the depth of Decoration Day evolved and expanded to remember U.S. service personnel who perished in all wars.
So, at Myrtle Beach’s annual Memorial Day weekend parade among a Saturday full of “Military Appreiciation Days” activities, or at many other get-togethers and more solemn observances across the Grand Strand, don’t forget to salute everyone – whether in yourt heart or through a prayer or other means of remembrance, even for someone you never knew or never could have known – who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country.
If you go – Saluting service personnel
Other events for Memorial Day
Easy Escapes, in the Carolinas
‘WORLD WAR II: A LOCAL ARTIST’S PERSPECTIVE’
If you watch
What | 25th annual “National Memorial Day Concert”