Memorial Day is celebrated around the country as a day off from work, a time for pool parties and barbecues with friends and family. For military families, it has a much different meaning – one that stays true to the essence of the holiday’s origins.
Origins of Memorial Day date all the way back to the post-Civil War era, where the day was designated to honor fallen soldiers and was originally known as Decoration Day, in reference to the flowers that would decorate the graves. In 1971, Memorial Day was officially declared a national holiday by Congress and celebrated nationwide.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Military Families
Many of us are fans of the ever-popular series, Chicken Soup for the Soul – I know I love curling up and reading them! Recently, a new series of feel-good short stories was published, this time focusing on military families, with royalties benefitting the USO.