Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance
The Memorial Day in the United States
The history of “Memorial Day” or “Decoration Day” goes back to 1864 in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the Civil War in the battle of Gettysburg, in Pennsylvania. The day was only observed as the remembrance day in several States until 1873 when it became an official holiday first in New York and soon after across the U.S by more States. In 1966 the House resolution of 587 introduced by Congressman Samuel S. Stratton, recognized the observance of May 5th, 1866 in Waterloo New York the original date and place of the Memorial Day. Throughout the decades, from 1868 to 1970, the observance of the Memorial Day had been held on May 30th.
In 1971 the Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday of May as the Federal holiday. Further to that in 2000 the Congress established the “National Moment of Remembrance” act by inviting all Americans at 3:00 p.m to observe (in their own ways) moments of remembrance, honoring, respect and prayer for all fallen heroes.
- Additional: A Proclamation: Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2021 by President Biden, the White House
- National Memorial Day Observance by President Trump, May 2018
- President Obama National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day, May 2016
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- The U.S. Army Reserve’s 7th Mission Support Command
- U.S Air Force Europe-Africa The 7th Army Training
- U.S European Command
By Editor in Chief Sources: U.S Army