Remember Memorial Day 2022 – Aside from a nationwide surge in parades, burger and beer sales, and visits to veterans cemeteries, certain traditions take place on Memorial Day every year.
Even if you aren’t planting flags at a cemetery or know anyone who has died in the line of duty for their country, there are things you can learn, observe, and even teach others.
1. The Period of Silence
Every Memorial Day at 3 p.m. local time, whether you’re at home, at a parade, or in the middle of a speech, please pause for a moment to remember.
Americans everywhere should pause for one minute to remember all of the men and women who died in the service of our country.
The idea is to keep Memorial Day from becoming just another holiday that Americans use to get an extra day of sunbathing and swilling beer.
Since 2000, Public Law 106-579 has required us to close our burger holes for 60 seconds in order to “pay tribute to individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States and their families.”
2. It Isn’t Veterans Day
As much as we appreciate the extra attention given to veterans on Veterans Day, this is not the time for it.
Memorial Day is dedicated to remembering the fallen men and women who died in the service of their country, not just anyone. Many people will misunderstand the day, conflate the day, or worse, forget the day.
Most veterans do not expect to be thanked for their service, especially on Memorial Day. Instead of smiling and saying whatever we say when someone thanks us,
We can take the time to explain the true meaning of Memorial Day to them, much like Linus explained the true meaning of Christmas to us.
3. When Should the Flag Be Raised and Lowered?
For Memorial Day, the rules for where and when the American flag is raised and lowered are different. We can all remember to give proper salutes when the flag is raised and lowered.
However, if you’re the emcee of a Memorial Day event, you should make sure to keep track of where Old Glory should be throughout the day.
Of course, the Stars and Stripes should be raised quickly first thing in the morning. On Memorial Day, however, the flag is only flown at half-staff. The flag should be raised to full-staff at noon and should be lowered at sunset.
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Memorial Day is the only day when both positions on the flagpole are observed.
If you can’t lower a flag from your porch, simply attach a black mourning streamer to the top for when it’s supposed to be lowered.
4. When Is Memorial Day?
Memorial Day began as a good idea from the Grand Army of the Republic, an organisation made up of Union Civil War veterans.
These veterans lobbied state and local governments across the former union to recognise May 30 as a day of remembrance, dubbed “Decoration Day” at the time.
They chose May 30 because there were no battles on that day.
Decoration Day evolved into Memorial Day over the next 100 years. By 1968, all Civil War veterans had died, and Memorial Day was dedicated to all fallen veterans of all eras.
Congress eventually changed the date to the last Monday in May in order to provide federal employees with a set of standard three-day weekends – and to broaden the day’s observance.
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