Memorial Day is:
- A: A day it always rains in the Midwest
- B: A day to honor those who have lost their lives in wars fought by the U.S.
- C: A day where war movies are shown on TCM
- D: The unofficial start of summer
- E: All of the above
The answer, of course, is "all of the above" with the possible exception of "A" since I'm sure there has been a Memorial Day some time where rain has not fallen.
Did you know, though, that Memorial Day started in the U.S. shortly after the end of the Civil War? It was started as a day to honor the Union war dead and ultimately became a day when all who had died in military service were paid tribute. However, it wasn't until 1967 when the day moved to the last Monday of the month of May in order to make the holiday a convenient three-day weekend.
Today at 3 p.m. is the time when all are asked to stop and pay tribute to those who have given their lives in the military.