What is Memorial Day, and who is this Guy? To most of us, Memorial Day Weekend is the long-awaited official start to Summer. Clean up the yard, uncover the pool, put the boat in the water and dust off the grill. That’s right, it’s time to head to the Mountains, the Beach, the Lake, the Cape and to your own back yard to party with Family and Friends.
But what does Memorial Day really mean, and how did it begin?
Memorial Day is for remembering and honoring those who have died serving our country.
In May 1868, soon after the Civil War, Gen. John A. Logan, the Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union Veterans, first began decorating the graves of their war dead. It was then known as Decoration Day. Our Southern counterparts also gathered with their extended families on a Sunday in late Spring or early Summer for the same purpose.
Early in the 20th Century the celebrations merged and became known as Memorial Day, a Federal Holiday, when cities and towns across America have parades and services to honor those who gave their lives fighting for our freedom. In December of 2000 the National Moment of Remembrance Resolution was passed, asking that all Americans “Voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘taps’”.
So, take a break in the middle of your annual get-together this Memorial Day to honor those who made it possible. Take a moment of silence, raise a glass in toast, bow your head in prayer, salute our Flag or find a local commemoration to attend.
All of us at Free Dog wish you a Safe and Happy, Long, Holiday Weekend…
Please remember our Daycares are Closed Monday, May 30th.
Regular Weekly Walks are also Suspended.
There is no Training or Grooming on Memorial Day.
Saturday and Monday Boarding Drop-Off and Pick-Ups are by Appointment Only.
There are No Boarding Drop-Offs or Pick-Ups on Sunday, May 29th.