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Three Sapphic Books for Memorial Day

Memorial Day
Unraveling the History and Significance of Memorial Day: A Celebration of Honor and Remembrance

Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Join us as we delve into the origins and significance of this special day. We will explore its history and offer some tips and ideas for celebrating it in your community.

A Day to Remember: The Origins of Memorial Day

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The United States established this holiday after the Civil War to honor fallen Union soldiers. Since then, it has evolved into a day of remembrance for all military personnel who have lost their lives in service to their country. Today, Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May.

A Global Endeavor: Celebrating Memorial Day Around the World

Many countries share the tradition of honoring fallen soldiers. The United Kingdom, for example, observes Remembrance Sunday on the second Sunday in November. Similarly, Australia and New Zealand commemorate ANZAC Day on April 25th. Each nation pays tribute to the brave men and women who have given their lives in defense of freedom and peace in a unique way.

Delving Deeper: The History of Memorial Day

The first recorded instance of a formal Memorial Day observance dates back to May 5, 1866, in Waterloo, New York. Businesses closed, and the town’s residents came together to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flags and flowers. This practice soon spread throughout the United States. By 1868, General John A. Logan, the leader of a veterans’ organization called the Grand Army of the Republic, declared May 30th as Decoration Day.

Over time, the holiday evolved to include not just Civil War casualties but also those who perished in subsequent conflicts. In 1968, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act moved the observance of Memorial Day to the last Monday in May, creating a long weekend for many Americans.

Tips and Ideas for Celebrating Memorial Day

To help you honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, here are some ideas for celebrating Memorial Day:

  • Attend a local parade or ceremony: Many towns and cities hold annual Memorial Day events. These include parades and wreath-laying ceremonies. Check your local community calendar for details.
  • Visit a national cemetery or battlefield: Pay your respects by visiting the final resting places of fallen soldiers or exploring historic battlefields where they fought.
  • Fly the American flag at half-staff: On Memorial Day, it’s customary to fly the flag at half-staff until noon to honor those who have died in service to our country.
  • Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance: At 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, pause for a moment of silence to remember and honor the fallen.
  • Share stories of fallen heroes with family and friends: Take the time to learn about and share the stories of military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Community Resources and Organizations

Explore the following organizations for more ideas:

The American Legion
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
National Park Service

Join the Celebration of Honor and Remembrance

On Memorial Day, let us come together as a community to honor and remember those who have given their lives in defense of our freedom. However you choose to do it, participating in this important day helps ensure the sacrifices of our military personnel are never forgotten.

Today we bring you three sapphic books with main characters that have served in the military.

Looking for something else? Try this list of books with characters who are soldiers.

Curious what tomorrow’s special day will be?

Make sure to check back each day for your daily calendar trivia, along with more great book recommendations! Any day spent reading sapphic books is a day to be celebrated!

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