To celebrate this year, we’d thought we’d break this cherished holiday down since we will have more time to think about what it actually means- the history, the facts and yes all the bbq! Remember that we can still generate the feeling and purpose even while we navigate this difficult time. And to commemorate the day and those in service, Revactin is donating to the Wounded Warrior Project. So remember, enjoy and please stay safe!
Do you know how Memorial Day started? It originated in the years following the Civil War, which had required the establishment of our first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to the countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers. It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated because numerous different communities independently initiated the memorial gatherings.
On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month and the 30th of May was chosen for what was called “Decoration Day”. Eventually it became known as Memorial Day and grew to encompass honoring the memories of fallen military personnel in all wars. Memorial Day was made official by act of Congress in 1968 as the last day in May.
Sometimes it’s nice to know where our traditions began.
Memorial Day Fun Facts
Here are a few fun facts that we think you may not know about Memorial Day. How many of these did you actually know?
The date was chosen for its weather. It was thought that both the North and South would have flowers in bloom by then. In addition, the date didn’t coincide with the date of any major battles.
Taps started as a bedtime tune. During the Civil War, a U.S. general thought the bugle call signaling bedtime could use a more melodious tune, so he wrote the notes for “Taps” in 1862. Another officer later used the bugle song for a funeral, and now it is a traditional part of Memorial Day celebrations.
Memorial Day is for remembering fallen soldiers and Veterans Day is for remembering anyone who served in the military. Veterans Day first commemorated the end of World War 1 and was called Armistice Day until 1954.
The flag shouldn’t stay at half-mast all day. Federal guidelines say the flag should be displayed at half-staff only until noon, then go up to full-staff until sundown.
Showing our Support and Gratitude
To commemorate this Memorial Day, Revactin is donating to the Wounded Warrior Project to assist those military heroes who were wounded during combat. For the week, we will be donating $1 for every bottle of Revactin sold. We encourage all to help support this great cause.
Memorial Day Food Traditions and Ideas
Of course we all have our own Memorial Day food traditions, depending on where we live or grew up. We’re thinking BBQ, desserts etc, but we thought it might be fun to hear about food festivals and cookouts across the nation to celebrate the holiday. While many are postponed, we thought remembering various festivals might inspire your own celebrations.
In Texas they celebrate Memorial Day with Fredericksburg’s Crawfish Festival, serving Cajun food and the German fare that Fredericksburg is famous for. Of course, that is all accompanied by some great live music. In Bandera, at the Pro Rodeo event, they conduct a famous BBQ cook-off to keep you fed while you watch the action.
The Kodiak Crab Festival in Kodiak, Alaska, has been running for over 50 years on Memorial Day weekend as a five-day celebration of spring.
The annual Taste of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a Memorial Day weekend staple and boasts the best in local fare. During the three-day fest, dozens of celebrated area chefs serve up over 265 inventive signature dishes.
Held in Santee, California, the Santee Street Fair is a community-wide celebration with over 300 food and vendor booths. There is also a beer festival that showcases a massive selection of craft beers.
In Madison WI, the World’s Largest Brat Fest features bratwursts and rock and roll. In Tampa FL at the Margarita and Music Festival they serve more than 60 different types of margaritas as well as a food market with local vendors.
But for your own event, here is a link to some great cookout recipes for the weekend.
Wishing you all a wonderful safe weekend. Enjoy!
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