Happy Memorial Day everyone!
Today marks the last day of the pre-summer semester break here at Cogswell, which means the days of binge watching shows and movies on Netflix, sleeping in until noon, and eating every delicious food out there are over. Sad, I know. It’s time to get ready for the summer semester, and for those taking summer off… keep enjoying your break!
So what exactly is Memorial Day, and what does it represent and stand for? Formally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is federal holiday that is observed every year on the Final Monday of May. Widely considered to be the beginning of the summer season, the day honors those who have died while serving in the United States Military. All non-essential government offices are closed during the day including most schools, some have the day off from work and local businesses may choose to be closed as well.
Memorial day honors those who have lost their lives while in military service, it is traditional to fly the US flag at half mast. Many people also visit national cemeteries where volunteers will place the flag at each grave. Memorial Day was first observed following the American Civil War to honor both the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century the holiday was extended to include all American soldiers. This day is not to be confused with Veteran’s Day which celebrates the service of all United States military veterans. That, in summary is what Memorial day is all about.
Happy Memorial Day everybody, enjoy the last day of break, try to get that one last BBQ in, and be sure to get plenty of rest because tomorrow its back to work!