Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff of summer. It’s also a time when family and friends get together for those great backyard BBQs. When celebrating Memorial Day weekend 2012 don’t forget the meaning of the holiday.
What is Memorial Day?
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966. However, may towns all over the country, dating back to 1866, arranged large gatherings of people to honor those who have passed defending our nation.
Memorial Day quotes
“For love of country they accepted death.“ — James A. Garfield
“The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit the freedom to their children.“ — William Havard
“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.“ — Thomas Campbell
“We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers but to praise them.“ — Francis A. Walker
“Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.“ — Daniel Webster
Where to go to celebrate and honor our troops?
Check out local parades in the area by clicking the link below. And have a Happy and Safe Memorial Day Weekend!
World War II veteran Loretta Z. Weiss, from Flushing’s Veterans of Foreign Wars, sells the traditional poppys for soldiers at last years Whitestone Memorial Day Parade.