To the Editor:
Memorial Day is May 28, a time of remembrance of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day. Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend. Thought I would provide three facts to give the holiday some perspective.
It started with the Civil War. Memorial Day was a response to the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War, in which some 620,000 soldiers, from both the North and South, died. The loss of life and its terrible effect on communities throughout the North and South led to spontaneous commemorations of the dead.
The holiday was first known as Decoration Day from the practice of decorating veterans’ graves with flowers, wreaths and flags. The name Memorial Day goes back to 1882, but the older name didn’t disappear until after WWII. Federal law declared “Memorial Day” the official name in 1967.
Memorial Day has its customs. It is customary on Memorial Day to fly the United States Flag at half staff until noon, and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset.
Just a little history from an old veteran.