As we approach this annual holiday weekend, it is a good idea for us to reflect on the meaning of being able to observe this federal holiday.

 First of all, Memorial Day is always celebrated on the last Monday of May.  It was formerly known as Decoration Day. The special day was declared in 1868, by General John Logan, the National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.

The very first Memorial Day was observed on May 30th, 1868 by placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  Finally, in 1871, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holidays to be celebrated yearly on the last Monday in May.

 Memorial Day has classically become the marking of the beginning of summer vacation season, and Labor Day, the closing of summer.

 Memorial Day has reached beyond remembering and honoring the soldiers from the civil war or any war, to actually honoring the deceased whether they were military or not.  Families have learned to celebrate with picnics, family reunions or groups for fireworks displays and parades, not to mention the Indianapolis 500 auto race which is held every year since 1911 on Memorial Day.

 On a consumer note, most sales are big on Memorial Day Weekend.  Many people take advantage of the savings to shop that weekend.

 Whether in Washington or your own home-town, millions of Americans will be reaching out to our service men living and deceased to honor their love and dedication to the United States, which stands united through any type of war, disaster, or less than perfect politics. 

Cruise Planners wishes all a safe weekend and thank all those in the military who are serving and being honored today both living and deceased.  Cruise Planners Franchise provides special rates for the military to assist them in starting their own business.  Visit the Veterans Page of our website for details.