[05/22/2015] IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAYWE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, MAY 25TH IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY.
ABOUT MEMORIAL DAY
In the United States Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.
What do people do?
It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half mast from dawn until noon. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is combined with Jefferson Davis' Birthday in Mississippi.
Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of remembrance. Many people choose to hold picnics, sports events and family gatherings on this weekend. This day is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season for cultural events. For the fashion conscious, it is seen as acceptable to wear white clothing, particularly shoes from Memorial Day until Labor Day. However, fewer and fewer people follow this rule and many wear white clothing throughout the year.
Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that that, from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took a longer period for all American states to recognize the new date
Memorial Day is a federal holiday. All non-essential Government offices are closed, as are schools, businesses and other organizations. Most public transit systems do not run on their regular schedule. Many people see Memorial Day weekend as an opportunity to go on a short vacation or visit family or friends. This can cause some congestion on highways and at airports.
Thousands Of American Flags Fill Boston Common For Memorial Day Tribute
BOSTON (CBS) - Thousands of American flags are filling the Boston Common ahead of Memorial Day to honor Massachusetts' fallen heroes.
In a special ceremony on Thursday morning, 219 flags will be added to the tribute, each one representing a Massachusetts man or woman who has died serving their country since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will be speak at the ceremony where the names will be read aloud.
American flags on Boston Common (WBZ-TV)
More than 600 volunteers gathered on Wednesday to start planting the 8 x 12 flags in the ground. Others are volunteering to watch over the flags throughout the weekend.
In total, 37,000 flags will be placed on the Common.