Memorial Day CommentarySubmitted by MidWestOne Investment Services on May 26th, 2017
Good morning! If you will indulge me a bit, I am going to deviate from my normal format and content.
In the late 1860’s, different places in the United States, particularly in the South, started having Decoration Day celebrations to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. By the end of the 19th century, these celebrations were being held nationwide on May 30. During that time, State legislatures passed proclamations about the day, and the Armed Services adopted regulations for proper observance of the day. After World War I, the day grew to include honoring all those who have died in all American wars. Finally, in 1971, Declaration Day became a national holiday through an act of Congress. It officially became Memorial Day and was placed on the last Monday in May when we observe it today.
We live in turbulent, divisive times, but it is fairly safe to say we wouldn't have the opportunity to experience our “first world” problems without those who served in the military. My guess is nearly everyone receiving this has some connection to someone who served. One of my newest team members served in the military. Thanks Dave for your service! And even closer to my home, my dad came home from Vietnam with two Purple Hearts. My parents were married a short time later and I was born not long after that. I am especially thankful for his safe return home all those years ago.
In 2000, Congress passed “the National Moment of Remembrance Act”. At 3:00 pm local time, take a minute to pause to remember and honor those who have died in service to our nation.
If you made it all the way to the end, thank you for sticking with me and allowing my different course J Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend and holiday!!