Often “celebrated” as the holiday that kicks off the beginning of summer, Memorial Day has a much more meaningful origin. It was established as a somber day of remembrance for those who died in service to the United States. Originally called “Decoration Day,” the holiday was borne out of the Civil War; however, it was intended to recognize the sacrifice of all Americans who died serving the United States, regardless of the particular battle.
To help re-educate and remind Americans about the true meaning of Memorial Day, in 2000, the government passed the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution. It asks that at 3pm local time, all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”
Traditional protocols for observing Memorial Day include raising the U.S. flag briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowering it to half-staff, where it remains until noon. At noon, it is raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position is in remembrance of the more than one million men and women who have given their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
Other traditional observances include wearing red poppies, visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of the fallen heroes and visiting memorials.
This Memorial Day weekend, as we spend time with family and friends, let’s take some time to thank and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom.
Lest you think President’s Day was created to get you 30% off a flat screen TV or two-for-one Egyptian cotton bath towels, check out some of these fun Presidential facts and smart needlepoint designs.
But, first, in the spirit of America, we would like to wish a very happy 285th birthday to George Washington, our first President and one of the country’s “Founding Fathers.”
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Now, let’s get to some fun facts about President’s Day:
Fact: George Washington’s Hair Was Not a Wig
Contrary to what most people believe, George Washington’s hair was real; however, his hair color was actually reddish-brown, not white. He powdered his hair to get that white look.
Fact: The U.S. Government Wants You to Have at Least Five 3-Day Weekends Annually
President’s Day became an official federal holiday in 1760 and was celebrated on February 22 – George Washington’s birthday. In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act established President’s Day as the third Monday in February, so it would always fall on a Monday. The Act was designed to create more consistent holiday schedules and provide more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.
According to the bill signed by Lyndon B. Johnson, having consistent three-day weekends “will mean a great deal to our families and our children. It will enable families who live some distance apart to spend more time together. Americans will be able to travel farther and see more of this beautiful land of ours. They will be able to participate in a wider range of recreational and cultural activities.” He also cited, “greater industrial and commercial production, sparing business and labor the penalty of midweek shutdowns.”
We hope you’re feeling patriot and can live up to these lofty goals while you enjoy your long weekend. Get your dog in on the action with a custom, American flag needlepoint dog collar.
Fact: Only One President Has Founded an Institute of Higher Education
Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819. The Rotunda on the University of Virginia’s campus is seen as a long lasting symbol of Thomas Jefferson’s belief in the separation of education and the church. Jefferson is the only president to found an institution of higher learning….because we’re not counting Trump University. House your Benjamins in this iconic UVA Needlepoint Wallet.
Fact: Harvard University Has Graduated the Most U.S. Presidents
John Adams, who was the first president with a college degree, graduated from Harvard, as did his son and future sixth president John Quincy Adams, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Several other presidents attended Harvard for graduate school including Rutherford B. Hayes (law school), Barack Obama (law school), George W. Bush (business school).
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Fact: John Adams Liked to Play Hooky
As a young boy, John Adams often skipped school to spend time hunting and fishing.
On this 20th day of 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. It was a divisive election and some Americans are hopeful that he will make American great, whether you’re feeling like this….
…or like this…
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