Wishing you all a Memorial Day filled with warmth, pride and togetherness. We would like to pause to ponder the service, sacrifice and commitment to those who have enabled us to enjoy time on our free land. To those who have served and those we have lost serving, you are our heroes. Your bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was initiated to honor the soldiers for the Union and Confederate armies who died during the American Civil War.
Celebrations honoring Civil War heroes started the year after the war ended. The establishment of a public holiday was meant to unify the celebration as a national day of remembrance instead of a holiday celebrated separately by the Union and Confederate states. By the late 19th century, the holiday became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday.