Memorial Day is so much more than an official start to summer, though we do love our BBQ’s, beach outings and boating, don’t we? It’s a time to honor our fallen heroes that have dedicated their lives to our freedom, and it’s important that our twins understand just how special that is.
We thought it fitting to recap a little history of this much-anticipated weekend, and hopefully, you can share it with your children…
Did You Know?
*Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day”
*Over 2 dozen cities and towns claim they are the birthplace of the holiday (Waterloo, NY was declared the birthplace in May 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson)
*Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 and first observed May 30th of that same year
*To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on December 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence…”
For those parents in the Boston Metro area, there are many weekend activities to get involved in, and memorial to show your thanks. Here are some of our favorites, by our very own Boston.com. For those of you outside our hometown, check with your local library or town hall for the holiday 411. Enjoy the long weekend!
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