#175 Remember & Honor
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Memorial Day: Remember & Honor
Memorial Day celebrations take place throughout the United States to remember & honor soldiers who died fighting for this country. Family & friends gather to commemorate the patriotic holiday, usually with hot dogs & hamburgers on the barbeque.
For sun lovers Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer, where beaches & campgrounds are the destination. (For hardcore sun worshipers the first day of Daylight Savings Time is when summer officially starts.)
Here are some facts about this holiday, a day to remember & honor:
Memorial Day Was Originally Named ‘Decoration Day’
In 1869, the head of an organization of Union veterans Maj. Gen. John A. Logan established Decoration Day as a way for the nation to honor the graves of those who died in the Civil War with flowers, according to the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department.
May 30 Was Chosen as the Observation Day Because Flowers Are in Bloom
Logan was believed to have chosen May 30 as the day to observe Decoration Day because flowers would be in bloom nationwide.
Though there were future conversations over the official day for Memorial Day, by the end of the 19th century, state legislatures passed proclamations naming May 30 as the holiday.
Memorial Day Was Declared a National Holiday in 1971
In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday, placing it as the last Monday in May. The day was expanded to honor all those who have died in American wars.
Congress in December 2000 passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” to ensure those who sacrificed their lives for the country were not forgotten.
The Official Birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, New York
There are debates over which city was the origin of Memorial Day, although the first large observation was held at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. for a crowd of about 5,000 in 1868.
In 1966, former President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York the official “birthplace” of the holiday.
The National Moment of Remembrance is at 3 p.m. Monday
The National Moment of Remembrance, which asks that Americans pause in silence to remember & honor those who have died serving the U.S., takes place at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day.
Concept & design
In the photograph for AmperArt #175 Remember & Honor, taken at National Cemetery, we are viewing the back sides of the grave markers. The inscription “Remember & Honor” is rendered on the of the foreground marker, symbolically leaving the soldier’s name intact on its front.
Production notes for #175 Remember & Honor:
Original size: 20x30 inches
Program: Adobe Photoshop
Fonts: Birch, Castellar
Photo: mflippo1.cox.net, depositphotos.com
Facts: U.S. Veterans Affairs Department
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