Thursday, May 22, 2014

America's Memorial Day

Guest post from Mallory, Mrs. Yollis' former student

This Monday is Memorial Day in the United States. 
It is a national holiday!

LAST YEAR, I celebrated Memorial Day with my mom and my Girl Scout troop in a special way.  We went to the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood to place American flags on the headstones of soldiers who have served our country in the military.   There were so many other troops to help, including Daisies, Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Eagle Scouts.

Photo by Mallory's Mom

There was very specific way to place the flags.  They had to be put 1 foot away from the headstone and 2 inches into the ground.  Then we were told to stand and have a moment of silence to recognize and honor the soldier for their dedication to our country.

Photo by Mallory's Mom

I was very interested to read each soldier's headstone.  Some fought in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War.  There were many soldiers who even fought in more than one war.

This memorable experience inspired me to come home and learn more about Memorial Day.  I found out many interesting facts on Wikipedia.

Memorial Day Facts:
* Memorial Day used to be called "Decoration Day" during the Civil War.
* It wasn't until after World War II that the name changed to Memorial Day.
* In 1967, it was declared a national holiday.
* There are 88,000 graves in the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

Photo by Mallory's Mom
How do you celebrate Memorial Day where you live?

Do you have anyone in your family who has served in the military?

1 comment:

  1. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    Do you know that today we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the landing of US soldiers in Normandy to free France? This is a very important day. President Obama, the Queen of England, the President of Russia and the French President are together in France today.
    My grandparents sent me a picture from a French newspaper with French kids bringing flowers and US and French flags next to the headstones of US soldiers who died in France. There are huge US cemeteries in Normandy. If you want I can send you this picture.

    Why do you think this celebration is more important in France than here while so many US soldiers died during this period to free France?



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