Memorial Day Rembrances
What will you be doing at 3:00 pm on Memorial Day? If you’re savvy about your Memorial Day traditions and history, you’ll be participating in a nationwide moment of silence and reflection. It’s been a nationwide observation since 2000 when it was passed through congressional resolution. Need a refresher on your Memorial Day traditions? Read on.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, named as such because of the tradition of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers on the day. Nowadays, we honor the day by flying the flags of POWs and MIAs and by flying the American flag at half-staff. Many people also pin red silk poppies to shirts and jackets as another way to remember the fallen who have served our country. The tradition started because of a 1915 poem, In Flanders Fields, and Moina Michael, a war worker who started wearing the flower in honor of the dead. The tradition caught on and spread to the United States and 50 other countries.
This Memorial Day, take time out to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedom as United States citizens by honoring these traditions or by starting one of your own – phoning a veteran grandparent, attending a community parade, or volunteering in a local hospital, for example. Memorial Day is more than a day to shop pre-summer sales and BBQ out in the park with your family. It’s a day to remember those who served, especially those who gave their lives in sacrifice to their country.
At Odyssey Fun Center, we like to remember those who served, too. This Memorial Day, all veterans bowl for free. If you’re a veteran, you’re welcome at Odyssey Fun Center on Memorial Day: we want to thank you for your service. Bring your family and friends and make it a party! Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave it all in service to their country, and, in thanks, we’d like to honor our local vets with a free day of bowling—it’s the least we can do.
*Information courtesy of http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history