Honoring all the brave men and women of the American military, Memorial Day is officially observed this year on Monday, May 28, 2018 with parades, speeches and Memorial Day quotes to mark the day.
Along with remembering the fallen, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer -- as pools and beaches open for the season and families make plans to hit the great outdoors.
It's also time to take advantage of a full weekend of bargain hunting at department stores during 2018 Memorial Day sales nationwide.
The day was originally called Decoration Day,
when families decorated the graves of Civil War
soldiers. Today, Memorial Day honors the fallen
in every war and in every branch of the military.
DID YOU KNOW? Memorial Day fun facts & trivia
• The "Rolling Thunder" of bikers began in Washington DC in 1988 bringing attention to Vietnam War POW's and MIA's. Today, more than a million riders and spectators converge on the capital on Memorial Day in what has become the world’s largest single-day motorcycle event.
• Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day when families decorated the graves of soldiers who served in the Civil War. Eventually, the day became a remembrance of all brave military men and women. By 1967, the observance was officially changed to Memorial Day.
• The first Decoration Day in 1868 was extra memorable (but not in a good way) as James Garfield stepped up to the podium at Arlington National Cemetary. While ignoring the blistering heat, the future President gave a speech that lasted 1 1/2 hours during "a spring day too warm for comfort," observed the New York Times.
• Did You Know? There is a National Moment of Remembrance which asks all Americans to pause each Memorial Day for one minute at 3pm. Little observed today, the moment arrives exactly at the time when most Americans are stuffing their faces with hamburgers and hot dogs.
Get festive by hanging the American flag, and the red, white, and blue streamers. Use store-bought invitations or get creative by making your own invitations with printable Memorial Day clip art and use wording such as "Red, white, blue ... and you!" or "Chillin' and grillin' on Memorial Day!"
A pool party, Hawaiian luau or any summer party theme would also work during Memorial Day. And, don't forget to have plenty of ice and beverages on hand (placed in coolers marked "soda" or "beer" so guests can help themselves.)
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