Every year, on the last Monday of May, citizens throughout the nation observe the Memorial Day holiday. On this day, we as Americans honor and remember those who sacrificed their lives while serving in our armed forces.
The origins of Memorial Day date back to the late 1860’s, when Americans in various cities began holding tributes to the countless fallen soldiers of the Civil War. On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. Originally known as “Decoration Day”, the day honored only those lost while fighting in the civil war. However, in 1968 congress established the Uniform Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May and also declare it as a federal holiday. Since going into effect in 1971, Memorial Day honors all veterans of all wars who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation and our values such as freedom and democracy.
As you enjoy the extended weekend, please don’t forget to remember our fallen heroes and honor their legacies. Since Memorial Day is also the unofficial kickoff of summer, plenty of people will be firing up the grill and enjoying the warm weather. Remember to use union-made supplies today and all summer long.