Memorial Day is traditionally a time for celebrating those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Of course, Memorial Day means different things to different people. Still, whether you think of it as the official beginning of summer, the start of picnic and BBQ season, or just some time to kick back with your family and friends, it is essential to remember the true relevance of the holiday. That is to remember those that served in the United States Military!
Have you ever wondered how the long weekend that unofficially starts the summer came to be?
Let us give you the lowdown on this historic day!
1. More than one city claims to be the birthplace of Memorial Day
Although President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York, to be the "Birthplace of Memorial Day," referencing a town's celebration in 1866. Many other places are known to have celebrated the holiday earlier, and exactly where the first celebration took place remains in dispute.
2. It was originally called Decoration Day
Because the holiday was originally celebrated by decorating the graves of fallen soldiers, the occasion was given the moniker of Decoration Day. Over time, it was renamed Memorial Day when General Logan codified the holiday. "The 30th of May, 1868, is designated to strew with flowers or otherwise decorate 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," he said.
3. There's a reason why the occasion is celebrated on the 30th of May
The date was selected because it wasn't the anniversary of any battle in particular—well, according to legend, that is.
4. It's customary for the U.S. president or vice president to give a speech to commemorate the occasion
And traditionally, that speech is delivered at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
5. Originally, only soldiers who had died in the Civil War were honored
After WWI, though, the holiday began to encompass members of the American armed forces who had fallen in any conflict.
Now that you're all caught up on the essential facts about the holiday, let's get down to the details you've truly been waiting for! What your look is going to be like! Whatever your plans, Memorial Day Weekend is a time for relaxation and self-care, but it's also a great time to get your summer style off on the right foot.
Here are some styles we believe never go out of style and are totally Memorial Day Weekend chic!
1. Get yourself Memorial Day Weekend ready in a picnic-esque summer dress, sunny sandals, or sporty shoes and a purse that's big enough to double as a picnic basket. Rosé, anyone?
2. A flowy summer dress combined with comfy sandals? Such a mood. This look will take you from a beach to a BBQ and everywhere in between.
3.Memorial Day Weekend, but make it fashion! Keep yourself on theme with a white playsuit and sporty shoes. You'll be the envy of all eyes at this year's family memorial day party!
4. Last but not least! Don't forget to accessorize for the occasion! Our Limited Collection Sequined Coin purses will roar it out to the world that you are truly one to watch out for.
With these pouches, you will carry the spirit of a true blue American around in your heart and even on your wrist for all the world to witness.
So get ready to stun with all your newly gained knowledge about Memorial Day Weekend and not to mention some serious style statements!
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