Many people in the workforce think of the Memorial Day holiday as a three day weekend. Most go on a short weekend vacation with their family, have a barbecue, and depending on the weather, may even enjoy a day at the pool. There is just one issue with this… That’s not what Memorial Day is all about. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for the fallen soldiers in our armed forces. It’s a day to say thank you to those who fight for our country, and a day to look at the American Flag in a much different way than we normally do.
In 1971, Congress passed the National Holiday Act of 1971 to ensure a three-day weekend for federal holidays. Memorial Day is now celebrated by almost every state on the last Monday in May. Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL who served—in wartime or peacetime—and whether they died or survived.
The wearing of poppies in honor of America’s war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day (not Veterans Day). The origin of the red poppy as a modern-day symbol of this day was actually the idea of Moina Michael. (Read more about the inspiration for the poppy.)
In war-torn battlefields, the red field poppy was one of the first plants to grow. Its seeds scattered in the wind and sat dormant in the ground, only germinating when the ground is disturbed—as it was by the very brutal fighting during World War 1.
Today, poppies are both the symbol of loss of life as a symbol of recovery and new life, especially in support of those servicemen who were damaged physically or emotionally.
Because we are a veteran-run business, Sharn Enterprises, Inc., we would like to encourage everyone to take some time out during their barbecues, boating trips, and day at the pool to remember those who have given their lives fighting for us so that we have the opportunity to pursue all the wonderful things life in America has to offer.
In observance of Memorial Day, Sharn Enterprises will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016.
To learn more about our Company, its products and services, please visit our website at www.sharndisplays.com
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