Happy Memorial Day, do you know the history?

Flag Bead for Memorial Day
Landmark USA Flag Bead

We say Happy Memorial Day, but do you know why we celebrate? I am honoring this day with beads and also decided to look up some history about Memorial Day for this post.

Memorial Day – Decoration Day

Memorial Day began after the Civil War and was originally called Decoration Day, started by freedmen (former slaves) to honor the Union soldiers who died in the Civil War.

After World War I it also included all Military Soldiers who died while in service to the country.

military beads
Sterling silver military beads for European bracelets

This is a day that many people have off from work and celebrate the holiday by going to the beach or the lake, they have a cook out, drink beer and visit with family.

There are various Memorial Day services held by the VFW or other organizations, and some people also go to the cemetery and put flowers on loved ones graves.

This is my remembrance of those fallen in battle: Union Soldiers and all Military who have paid the price for our freedom here in the United States of America!

Take a moment to honor and reflect on the many lives that have been lost as they fought and died in service to the United States of America!

May God Bless them all!