Memorial Day: Quick History

Happy Memorial Day!


Community Insurance & Associates would like to take a minute to recognize all of the men and women who have passed while serving our great country. We are also thankful for all of the men and women who continue to serve in the armed forces, protecting and securing each and every one of us. In observance of the holiday, our offices will be closed on Memorial Day as we spend time with our friends and family.

As you wind down your weekend, remember the true reason behind this holiday. Reflect on the history behind the holiday with this quick history.

Six FAST Facts:

  • Memorial Day is also called Decoration Day and is celebrated on the last Monday, every May.
  • The holiday was observed as early 1866; however, in 1966 the town of Waterloo, NY was officially declared the birthplace of this holiday.
  • Chicago, IL is home to the largest Memorial Day parade in the United States.
  • 3:00 pm on Memorial Day is the official moment of remembrance since Bill Clinton signed the “National Moment of Remembrance Act” in 2000.
  • Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, was originally created by General John Alexander Logan to honor Union soldiers killed in the Civil War.
  • Wearing red poppies on Memorial Day is a symbolic way to symbolize the sacrifice of war.



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