The first three-day weekend of the year has arrived. Many of us will be spending part of our long weekend relaxing with family and friends... and cuddling up to our favorite comfort foods and drinks!
After all, Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of the grilling season!
And that's all good. But this year be sure to step away from the sizzling grill meats and overloaded goodie table and take a few moments to remember what Memorial Day is all about.
Not too sure about its origins or even its meanings? According to www.USMemorialDay.org:
"Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.
"There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day.
"There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920).
"While Waterloo, New York was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in General Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868.
"It is not important who was the very first. What is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all."
For more information go to www.USMemorialDay.org
Happy Memorial Day from your friends at Diet.com.