Dear Sacred Heart Families,
Our students pray every day for our veterans. It is always an intention offered by our students during morning prayer. They seem to truly understand the great sacrifices that have been made by our brave men and women throughout our history. We have talked this week about the importance of Memorial Day to our country. I wanted to share some of what we talked about with you.
National Moment of Remembrance-established by Congress in 2000, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3:00pm local time on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute.
- Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember all of the men and women who died fighting for our country. These men and women dedicated their lives so we can be a free nation.
- Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May.
- The original name was Decoration Day because family members of fallen soldiers decorated their graves with flowers.
- Decoration Day originally only honored the soldiers who died in the Civil War. After World War I, it was changed to all soldiers who lost their lives in war.
- In 1950 Decoration Day was changed to Memorial Day.
- President Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
- The official flower of Memorial Day is Red Poppies.
People celebrate Memorial Day by placing flowers on soldier’s graves, flying the flag at half- staff, attending parades and remembering soldiers who lost their lives.
Anne Atkin, Principal
References: kidsplay and create, retrieved on May 22, 2019. Memorial Day Facts For Kids.