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Memorial Day, not to be confused with Veteran’s Day which happens in November, is celebrated on the last Monday of May and commemorates the men and women who lost their lives while in the military service.

Originally known as “Decoration Day,” the title “Memorial Day” did not come to be until after WWII. Previously, Decoration Day/ Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30, regardless of the day of the week. It wasn’t until 1968, when the Uniform Holidays bill was passed as a part of a move to use federal holidays to create 3-day weekends.

Memorial Day is traditionally seen as a day of remembrance as well as the unofficial start of the summer season. The US flag is at half-mast from dawn until noon and many volunteers place an American flag on every gravestone in national cemeteries. People all across the country celebrate with picnics, sporting events and family gatherings.

This Memorial Day, while you and your family are enjoying your cookouts and time together, we hope that you’ll remember the true meaning of the reason behind the federal holiday. Don’t forget about the brave Americans who gave their lives to protect our freedom.

Do you want to keep the memory of a loved one alive this Memorial Day? A great way to do this is with a Memorial or Honorarium donation to the Lions Pride Endowment Fund. Your gift will work to preserve Lions Camp and other WLF projects. Please click here for a printable Memorial form.

Lions Pride staff would like to offer a special “thank you” to all of the men and women who sacrificed their lives for the United States of America.

Our office will be closed on Monday, but we will be back on Tuesday, May 27. We wish you all a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!

Sources: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/memorial-day