But before going into the benefits of this long weekend, let me tell you a bit about the Memorial Day. It is observed as a federal holiday every year on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and began as an event to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War. But over the years, this day was extended to commemorate all those who had died in any war or military action.
Many activities are carried out for Memorial Day celebration. The most traditional one is to fly the flag of the United States at half mast from dawn until noon. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. But now Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of remembrance. Many people choose to hold picnics, sports events and family gatherings on this weekend. It’s rather seen as a weekend to spend with family and friends.
In 2011, let’s bring back the original essence of Memorial Day merged with the modern celebration. Consider it as a long weekend with your family but dedicated to your nation. Participate in parades and public gatherings and give your respect to the brave soldiers who died in war. It’s a great opportunity to take your family and friends along to celebrate this patriotic day.
Since it also marks the start of the summer vacation season, it’s a great platform to promote your special summer promotional items. Carry them with you for the parade or public gathering you may be attending. You can also distribute flags and flyers to spread awareness about the importance of Memorial Day. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Even if you’re planning a short vacation with family you can do your part by letting your car carry the symbol of Memorial Day.
Pay your tribute and enjoy the weekend!!