Memorial Day is a Federal holiday of honor, mourning, commemoration, and patriotism. It is a day we salute those in the military service who died for our country, our rights, and our freedom. It should not be mistaken for Veterans Day or Armed Forces Day.
Memorial Day is recognized annually on the last Monday in May. Originally known as Decoration Day, soldiers would decorate graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags, and wreaths in their honor. However, in 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed to create a three-day weekend for federal employees, which came into effect in 1971.
While it is unclear where Memorial Day originated, the practice of honoring those who have fallen in battle dates back to the ancient days of Greeks and Romans. Today, Americans observe the holiday by visiting cemeteries, participating in parades, wearing red poppies, hanging the flag at half-staff until noon, and taking a moment of silence at 3:00 pm.
When celebrating with your loved ones this year, don’t just welcome the start of summer but rather pledge to be there for those who are mourning and honoring their loved ones’ life and legacy.
New York Health honors the brave men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty while making the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. Patriotism is preserved through the dedication of those who lead us—the members of the military exemplify this. We are proud to recognize all who serve in our armed services, as well as their families.
Thank you for your service.