Memorial Day- A Brief History...

Many people do not know the difference between Memorial Day or Veterans Day.    Memorial Day has been set aside as a day of remembrance for those who have died while serving in the military.  Veterans Day is to honor ALL of those who serve in our armed forces.   

Memorials Day's origins date back to the mid 19th century when soldiers graves were decorated with flowers and/or flags.  This custom became widespread around the time of the American Civil War.  It was in 1882 that the name 'Memorial Day' was first used.   

The holiday was not established as a Federal Holiday until 1967, at which the date was set for May 30th.  Congress passed the 'Uniform Monday Holiday Act' which went into effect in 1971, adjusting Memorial Day, Washington's Birthday (not President's Day!), Veterans Day and established Columbus Day as Federal holiday.  

It is important to understand that the day is to honor those who have sacrificed everything for our rights and freedoms.  We at Hamilton & Adams are proud to reflect and stand for this honorable American tradition.  

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