Monumental Monday of May

Monumental Monday of MayHey everybody, It’s Drew Berman coming at you on this monumental Monday of May!
Now normally, much like the Fourth of July, many people typically associate Memorial Day as a day of celebration with hot dogs, parades, and get-together’s. It is because of this that many individuals have lost sight of the origin of this national holiday.
Therefore, today I am going to share some knowledge on the idea of Monumental Monday of May that you might not have known about.

Much like Christmas or Thanksgiving, the original intent of Memorial Day has been lost overtime.

Even though it would be easy to chalk up such changes to Memorial Day to lazy Americans who just like to eat burgers and hot dogs all day, this is not the case at all. In fact, the explanation to this monumental Monday’s evolution is simple: things change.
However, the holiday was originally created to honor the fallen during times of war in America’s past, present, or even the possible future soldiers as well. In fact, when the holiday was created, there were specified rules to the celebration/remembrance of the fallen.

1. At 3 P.M. the fallen were to be honored in some way, shape, or form.

Seems kind of weirdly strict huh? That’s because it was (and technically still is) a sort of law on Memorial Day and legally required for all Americans to participate in some form of memorandum at the time specified. However, as explained earlier, this requirement slips through the cracks way too often now.

2. Did you know that Memorial Day technically falls on the wrong day?

Originally, the holiday used to be on the weekends but was moved to Monday. As of today, veterans are still fighting to restore the original date to the holiday so that the fallen can be more accurately remembered and celebrated for their efforts.

Want more Memorial Day facts that slipped away from public knowledge and memory?
Feel free to contact me directly if the historical spirit moves you. I’m a bit of a history nerd. In the meantime hold your heads high and your flag higher!
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  • Carol Makowski May 30, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Yes, I knew Memorial Day was not a Monday set in stone. That changed years ago when most of the holidays were switched to Monday to give working people a long weekend. (There’s probably another reason behind that one). I did not know about the 3pm expectation. Interesting post.

    • Drew May 31, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      thanks Carol – it is such a special holiday indeed. Thanks for stopping by