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Ok. I know most of us know the difference and origin of Labor Day & Memorial Day.
However, some have mentioned how "When we were kids we stayed in school on those days and learned what Labor Day and Memorial Day were all about." The point being that schools have all the special federal holidays off now and that wasn't always the case. On the special days the teachers had special lesson plans to teach about those days.
With that in mind I have just a few facts on Labor day and Memorial day.
Labor Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. In the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. "Labor Day" was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the U.S. officially celebrated Labor Day. Labor Day is also known as the last day of summer. (From Wikipedia)
Memorial Day, was originally known as Decoration Day. It's celebrated the last Monday in May and honors those who have died in the nation’s wars. It originated during the American Civil War. Citizens would place flowers on the graves of those who had been killed in battle.
After World War I, as the day came to be observed in honour of those who had died in all U.S. wars, its name changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day. Since 1971 Memorial Day has been observed on the last Monday in May. A number of Southern states also observe a separate day to honour the Confederate dead. Memorial Day is observed with the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, and by religious services, parades, and speeches nationwide. Flags, insignia, and flowers are placed on the graves of veterans in local cemeteries. The day has also come to signal the beginning of summer in the United States. (From Britannica)
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Is it really the end of summer? Technically no. That's September 22nd this year.
On that note. I am excited to begin bringing you fall fun!
I'll be rolling out all my fall guides and featuring some wonderful local events coming up.
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