Memorial Day kicks off American Flag season
As summer draws ever closer, so too do the holidays that celebrate our great nation and those who fought for and died to protect the freedoms of all Americans.
This American flag season begins Monday, May 27, with Memorial Day, where we honor the men and women who gave their lives while serving in the United States military. To help raise the flag on this season, we have a sitewide Memorial Day sale of 25% off through May 28th. Many towns and cities across the U.S. stage parades to honor the living and dead military members of their community and nationally. It is the perfect time buy flags -- from the traditional American flag (or flags) to specific Armed Forces flags -- from our store to add to your collection for those celebrations, but also for visits to memorials and cemeteries as well as traditional family gatherings. Please remember to fly your U.S. flag at half mast in observance on that day.
- Date: Last Monday of May
- First recognized: May 30, 1868 (called Decoration Day)
- Birthplace: Waterloo, N.Y. (as recognized by government in 1966)
- Became federal holiday: Passed in 1968; Became law in 1971
Memorial Day begins a six-week-long celebration of America. Flag Day is Friday, June 14, and of course, the Fourth of July -- or Independence Day -- falls on a Thursday this year.
Memorial Day began as “Decoration Day” in the years following the Civil War. According to history.com, General John A. Logan, called for a nationwide day of remembrance in 1868. It was “designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.” Many towns and cities in the North and South did their own form of remembrance for the Civil War dead for years.
After World War I, the day gradually became known as Memorial Day to encompass all conflicts involving American servicemen and women. In 1968, Congress established the last Monday in May as an official federal holiday so as to give federal employees a three-day weekend. All citizens are encouraged to observe a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.
The president traditionally gives a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, where flags are placed at the more than 260,000 graves and niches.
Memorial Day is also an occasion to fly POW/MIA flags. Different versions of that flag as well as these from our military collection -- Air Force, Army, Navy, Rangers, Special Forces, etc. -- can make this time of remembrance even more special. Please check out our collection.