To many, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. Many of us celebrate by getting together with family and friends for barbecues and fun. Others of us visit cemeteries and place flowers on the graves of loved ones.
Memorial Day started out being called Decoration Day and is a designated day of remembrance for those who have died in the service of the United States of America. Decoration Day was the result of the Civil War and the desire by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Repulblic, to honor the dead. His order stated that the 30th of May, 1868, be designated “for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country . . .”
In May 1966, President Lyndon Johnson officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day to be Waterloo, NY. New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday in 1873.
Today, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Traditionally, the US flag is raised to the top of the staff and then lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains until noon in remembrance the men and women who perished in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, vowing to rise and continue the fight for liberty and justice.
We at Gainan’s Flowers would be honored to assist you in sending a floral tribute to honor your loved ones. We offer a standing Remembrance Program and delivery to all Billings cemeteries.