Memorial Day in the USA: Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May in memory of all the dead citizens of America. This year it will be observed on May 25.
Initially, those who died in the Civil War were honored, but now it is the Day of Remembrance of all those who died in all wars and in general all those who died. On this day, special ceremonies are held in cemeteries, in churches, and other public places.
Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day. This is a day of remembrance for those who died in the service of the people. There are many stories about the beginning of the celebration; more than a dozen cities claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day.
There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the south of the country adorned the graves before the end of the Civil War: in 1867 the hymn “Let us kneel where our loved ones sleep” was published, composed by Nella L. Swith, who was dedicated: “To women from the south of the country, which adorned the graves of the fallen Confederates. “
Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, the national commander of the Old Army of the Republic, and was first celebrated on May 30, 1868, when flowers were laid on the grave of the Allied and Confederate soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York State in 1873.
Although Waterloo, New York, was officially proclaimed the birthplace of President Lindon Johnson in May 1966, it is difficult to conclusively prove the origin of the holiday. It seems that there are several beginnings: each city and each planned or spontaneous meeting of people, in order to honor the memory of those who died in the war in the 1860s, showed the general need to honor the memory of their victims, and all this led to an increase in the movement, which culminated when John Logan proclaimed it in 1868.
No matter who was the first, it is important that Memorial Day was founded. This Day does not share, it unites. People gather to honor those who have given everything for others.
During 1890, it was recognized by all the northern states. Southern refused to recognize the date and honored their dead on other days. This continued until World War I, when the veneration of those who died in the Civil War was changed to the veneration of those who died in all wars.
This holiday is now celebrated in all states on the last Monday of May (a law passed by Congress in the National Weekend Act of 1971 to provide three days of federal holidays), although some southern states have an extra day to commemorate the fallen Confederates.
In 1915, inspired by the poem “In the Fields of Flanders”, Moina Michael responded with her own poem:
We remember the red poppies
In the fields that grow are valor signs
Like shouting heaven for blood
Heroes that will forever be alive.
Then she came up with the idea of wearing red poppies for Memorial Day in honor of those who died in the service of the people during the wars. She was the first to wear them, and she sold poppies to co-workers and friends, and the money went to charity for those in need. Later, Madame Guerin from France, when she was in the USA, started making artificial poppies and sold them in favor of orphans and widowed women.
In 1921, the Franco-American League of Children sold poppies to help orphans in the war in France and Belgium. Before Memorial Day 1922, this league was the first veteran organization to manufacture and sell poppies nationwide. This tradition has spread to other countries.
More and more recently, there has been talking of introducing the commemoration of the celebration of Memorial Day on a specific date, namely May 30, to restore and strengthen the traditions of this holiday, which becomes just part of a three-day weekend, which confuses people and distracts them from the true spirit and significance of the holiday.
Here are some of the wishes you can share with your loved ones:
- Happy Memorial Day from our family to yours!
- Thank you to the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
- Let us remember those who courageously gave their lives.
- Join us as we remember and honour our heroes.
- Let’s use today to count our blessings and stand proud.
Memorial Day Messages for Daughter
1). Sacrifices that can never be forgotten….. Hearts that will always be missed…. Warm greetings on Memorial Day!!!
2). Memorial Day is the day to count our blessings, for we are fortunate to born in a country where army men gave their lives to save us. Wishing you a very Happy Memorial Day my dearest daughter.
3). May God always bless America and the people of America on Memorial Day and always. May we always live for our nation’s honor and pride. Warm wishes on Memorial Day to you my girl.
4). Today is the day to celebrate the high spirits of our great country USA by thanking all the brave soldiers who fought for us. Sending you warm wishes on Memorial Day. May God bless you.
5). On the occasion of Memorial Day, I am reminded of the spirit of peace and freedom with which we have been gifted by our soldiers. Let us thank them all. Wishing you Happy Memorial Day.
6). As we celebrate Memorial Day, I send you warm wishes with a hope that you are always blessed with peace and joy today and always. Happy Memorial Day to the sweetest daughter.
7). Today is the look back in history as a proud American as we are lucky to have strong and brave army men and women who fought for our freedom. Wishing you a Happy Memorial Day 2020.
8). Memorial Day is a sweet way to recall and remember all the sacrifices made by our soldiers for a happier and peaceful life of our citizens. Let us thank them for everything. Happy Memorial Day.
9). Our brave soldiers are the real heroes who dedicated and sacrificed their lives for a bigger cause than oneself and brought us happiness and freedom. Warm wishes to you on Memorial Day.
10). The tree of freedom blooms and blossoms only with the nourishment of the patriot’s blood. America is fortunate and proud to have such wonderful army men. Happy Memorial Day to you.
11). Today is the day to remember and honor the spirit of brave army men and women who lived and died for the country. Be proud to be an American. Happy Memorial Day to you.
Memorial Day Messages, Quotes for Deceased Sister
1. Warm wishes on Memorial Day to you and your sister. The country will always be proud of her and the sacrifices she made for the country.
2. Though you are not there my dearest sister but Memorial Day will always remind me of your bravery and courage. I salute you my dear.
3. Wishing a very Happy Memorial Day to you my dear. This day will always have a special importance for your family because of your sister.
4. She fought like she was invincible and she will always be remembered for her courage. Warm wishes on Memorial Day to you.
5. To your deceased sister and family, I am sending warm greetings on Memorial Day. Celebrate this day with great pride because that is what you sister deserves.
6. Never ever shed a tear in your sister’s memory because she died a death of a true warrior. A very Happy Memorial Day.
7. You never mourn the death of a true soldier and that is what your sister was. She has made you all proud. Happy Memorial Day to you.
8. To my dearest sister who is no longer there with us but on the occasion of Memorial Day, we want to tell you that we are all very proud of you.
9. Warm wishes on Memorial Day to you and your family. Your sister has not deceased because she is going to live in the memories and prayers of our nation.
10. Giving your life for your nation is not easy but she was always inspiring and brave. Wishing a very Happy Memorial Day.
Funny Memorial Day Messages
“A very Happy Memorial Day to you my dear. Time has come to make this long weekend to spoil our bodies so that even military doesn’t accept us.”
“On the occasion of Memorial Day, I just want to remind you that one good thing that you can do for the nation is not going into the army.”
“Wishing someone like you on Memorial Day always gives me doubt because you are so deep into self love that you would not understand the meaning of loving your nation.”
“The strange thing about this generation is that they want all the freedom but they don’t want to value it. Happy Memorial Day to you.”
Funny Memorial Day Quotes and Sayings
“Wishing a very Happy Memorial Day to someone who doesn’t mind stabbing himself in order to avoid going for the army.”
“A soldier who dies on the battlefield protecting his nation does deserve a day which recognizes his sacrifice. Happy Memorial Day.”
“Today is not just another holiday to have a drink and a party. It is a day to thank those martyrs who died for us. Warm wishes on Memorial Day.
“We were sitting comfortably at home when they were fighting wars for us. Let us remember them on Memorial Day.”
Funny Memorial Day Memes
It costed us many graves to get this freedom for our nation. Happy Memorial Day.
The best thing that you can do to make our martyrs’ souls rest in peace is love our country.
If you don’t value this freedom then you are not valuing the sacrifices to many.
Don’t just make Memorial Day about a long weekend with your dear ones.
There is actually nothing funny about Memorial Day, many people lost their lives.
Life is strange. Those who fought the battle don’t get to live in the free country.
They sowed the seeds by sacrificing their lives and we are reaping the benefits.
Funny Memorial Day Jokes
“If you cannot love your Motherland then you cannot love anyone else. Happy Memorial Day.”
“It is funny how people don’t love their countries when their country has given them so much.”
“For people who don’t love their nation, you cannot expect them to celebrate Memorial Day.”
“Memorial Day is all about keeping the brave soldiers alive in our lives. Happy Memorial Day.”
“Crying over martyrs is disrespecting them. Let us celebrate their sacrifices and make them proud.”
“Warm wishes on Memorial Day. Let us do something great so that our soldiers don’t repent dying for us.”
“When they look down from heaven, they should feel proud of their countrymen. Happy Memorial Day.”
Funny Memorial Day Captions
“Let us salute our martyrs by celebrating this day with the stories of their bravery. Happy Memorial Day.”
“Had you been a soldier, we would have lost the battle and there would have been no Memorial Day.”
“Cheers to the army who have fought for our freedom or else today would have been just another day.”
“It is kind of funny that they died and we are celebrating. Happy Memorial Day.”
“Pray for them and work for the country to make it a meaningful Memorial Day.”
“Don’t give them a chance to regret giving their lives for a bunch of fools. Happy Memorial Day.”
“They were brave and we are fortunate. Warm wishes on Memorial Day to everyone.”