Memorial Day 2024. What is commemorated, what is its origin and when is it

He Memorial Day It is not just a long weekend of rest to take advantage of the last days of spring, but it has a historical background.

It is a special date when Americans remember the soldiers fallen during wars, in which the country has participated throughout history, defending freedom, mainly Civil war.

His remembrance dates back to May 5, 1868 when John Logan, general and commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, ordered that May 30 be designated for decorating the graves of the soldiers killed in the Civil Warwho faced the southerners of Confederate States.

The commemoration was not always called Memorial Day either Memorial Day in Spanish, but was initially called Decoration Dayaccording to the official site May 30 was chosen because it did not coincide with any battle of the Civil War.

“May 30, 1868, is designated for the purpose of scattering flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their rights during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, town and cemeteries of villages in the countrynotes the commemoration website.

In 1966, almost 100 years later and at the end of the Second World War, President Lyndon B. Johnson officially declared Waterloo, New York, as the city where the commemoration began.

The holiday only applied to federal employees and the District of Columbia in 1888; Federal Memorial Day allowed Civil War veterans to honor their comrades without paying Memorial Day pay.

For the rest of the country, the weekend of rest for the Memorial Day was enacted state by state: NY was the first state to designate Memorial Day as a legal holiday in 1873. Most northern states followed suit in 1890.

Other states such as Texas commemorate it on January 19, Louisiana and Tennessee on June 3, while Alabama on the fourth Monday in April and Georgia on April 26.

With the passage of time, the Memorial Day It stopped being a day dedicated to soldiers killed in the Civil War and it became a date that recognizes any American soldier who fell in any war.

Since 1971, Congress established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May and a federal holiday in the country.

In 2000, a law was approved that sets 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day as the time when Americans should arrest their activities, reflect on past battles and observe a moment of silence in honor of them. At the same time, solemn trumpet blasts are also played.

He holiday It takes place on the last Monday of May, for this 2024, the commemoration of the Memorial Day is Monday, May 27.

Banks, post offices, the stock exchange and all schools usually do not open until the next day.

It is expected that, during the long weekend, people will take advantage of the offers available in department stores and travel within the same countryso that they also take advantage of the beginning of summer.

For this 2024, AAA projects that at least 43 thousand 500 people go on vacation during Memorial Day domestic trips.

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