Memorial Day is a federal holiday here in the United States. 

Memorial Day honors and mourns the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

For some years I mistakenly thought Memorial Day honored those who served in the U.S. Military.

Memorial Day May 27..

But the last Monday in May serves, most importantly, as a time to honor those who died while fighting in the U.S. Armed Forces. It’s a holiday steeped in somber American history and tradition. The day actually began as “Decoration Day” (see below) following the Civil War, when mourners placed flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers.

Yes, Memorial Day has also come to signify the “unofficial” start of summer, and as such, conjures images of hamburgers, hot dogs, swimming pools, and the beginning of summertime for many Americans. But please let’s remember the heroes who made it all possible.

Decoration Day, now Memorial Day, is celebrated on the last Monday of May. This year it will be celebrated on May 27. It is an American holiday that honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Nowadays, this celebration is known as Memorial Day. It originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Visiting cemeteries or memorials, participating in parades, and holding family gatherings are the most common ways to celebrate this day.

The 30th of May, 1868, was designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers (often red Poppys), or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.

On this somber Holiday, Patti and I pray that all who have fallen are resting peacefully In The Arms Of The Lord.

Cap and Patti

4 thoughts on “MAY 27, 24 .. MEMORIAL DAY 2024.. IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN..

  1. Michael

    Thank you for your service defending this great country of ours, our citizens, and perhaps most important, our U.S. Constitution.
    God Bless, both you and Patti!
    U.S. Army E5 4-68/4-71 (honorably discharged)

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Thank You Kit, for your quiet prayers, for all who have died in military service to our country. Cap and Patti

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