It’s a holiday at the end of May that is absolutely unforgettable: Memorial Day, a day
whose solemn objective of remembrance is made more joyous by the thoughts of the
summer barbecues and pool parties soon to follow. Scheduled to occur the last Monday
of every May, it has traditionally been a celebration in honor of all soldiers who have
fallen in the line of duty. But owing to its position on the cusp of vacation season, it is
also a time for many to make use of their time off by holding get-togethers, and staying
in touch with their friends and family with a Memorial Day greeting, poem or greeting card. That
way, Memorial Day can truly be memorable.
The history of Memorial Day dates back to the end of the Civil War. Adopted by
individual states originally as “Decoration Day”, the title eventually evolved into
Memorial Day in the early 20th century, though it remains a holiday with decorative flair.
Many events are arranged to honor fallen service members; 3 P.M. local time across the
country is recognized as the official moment of remembrance, and events are held at
military cemeteries throughout the country. Another event held in honor of Memorial
Day is the Indianapolis 500, a form of observance that would at first seem a bit of a non
sequitur until you consider that tearing down a piece of asphalt in an overpowered vehicle
has become thoroughly enshrined as a part of classic Americana. But while you’re out
firing up the grill and watching the events of the big race unfold, take a moment to of
friends and family, and perhaps send them a warm Memorial Day message or greeting –
it doesn’t even have to be NASCAR themed.