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The History Of Memorial Day

Memorial Day Carrollton, TXHow This Important Holiday Came To Be

Memorial Day offers us a long weekend, and many of us will spend it with friends and family, enjoying a little quality time and taking advantage of the freedoms living in this country offers us. It is so much more than just a day off of work, though. The upcoming holiday reminds us all to pause and remember the brave men and women who gave their lives defending the freedoms we enjoy today. Do you know how Memorial Day first began?

After the Civil War, towns and cities across the country began holding springtime memorials to remember the fallen soldiers. Among them was Waterloo, a town in New York that began celebrating these memorials on May 5th, 1866. In 1966, Waterloo was declared the birthplace of Memorial Day.

May 5th was important for the holiday in another way. On May 5th, 1862, General John A. Logan called for a day of remembrance. From that day of remembrance, a day called Decoration Day grew. It was generally held on the 30th of May. Decoration Day eventually evolved to be known as Memorial Day, and was designated to remember all of the country’s fallen soldiers.

In 1968, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed and Memorial Day was moved from May 30th to the last Monday in May and declared a federal holiday so that we could all enjoy the long weekend.

We hope you find a meaningful way to celebrate this Memorial Day weekend. We will be participating in the national moment of remembrance held at 3:00 p.m. local time along with you. For all of your insurance coverage needs in Irving and the entire state of Texas, contact Global Financial & Insurance Services today. We are here to help you get the protection you need this Memorial Day and beyond.