Here at HomCo, we want to stop and take a minute to talk about the meaning and importance of Memorial Day. Since the end of the American Civil War in 1865, Americans have been honoring the fallen men and women who have served in the U.S. military. Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, is now observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly called Decoration Day because it was custom to decorate graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags. Then, in 1967, the Government declared “Memorial Day” as the official name. The name isn’t the only change that has been made to this important day, in 1971, Memorial Day was shifted from May 30th to the last Monday in May to allow everyone to take part in the holiday, giving us a three-day weekend. This year, Memorial Day happens on Monday, May 27. HomCo is open on May 27th but we still understand and observe the importance of this day.
As mentioned above, the practices of this holiday is to visit cemeteries or memorials and place flags or other decorations above the headstones of the fallen men and women who have served in the U.S. military, flying the flag at half-staff until noon, then raise it to the full staff until sunset, and taking a moment of remembrance around 3 p.m. In 2000, Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance which asks Americans to pause for one minute at 3 p.m.
REMEMBERING THE FALLEN
In the act of national unity, we ask you to take a minute out of your day at 3pm on Memorial Day to remember the men and women that have died in service of this country.
The holiday is also honored by gathering with family and friends for dinner parties or barbecues, weekend trips, and parades. Additionally, it is custom to wear a red poppy to honor the fallen in war. Started by a woman called Moina Michael in 1951, she began a campaign to make the poppy a symbol of tribute to veterans and for “keeping the faith with all who died” when she was inspired by a World War I poem, called “In Flanders Fields” written by John McCrae. This poem aims to give a voice to the fallen soldiers buried beneath the poppies growing on the battlefield.
IF YOU NEED A FLAG TO HELP YOU HONOR MEMORIAL DAY,
HomCo carries a variety of flags made by Valley Forge.
The United States Flag Store states, “Valley Forge Flags understands the history and significance behind the American flag. Valley Forge carefully constructs each American flag from the finest nylon material. Nylon is highly weather resistant and means that Valley Forge Flags are extremely durable and won’t fade or fray. They are specifically made to fly outside. However, they look brilliant inside as well.”
HomCo also understands that men and women are still putting themselves on the line daily, sacrificing their time and their lives to keep this country safe and free.
We honor each individual military person, active duty, or veteran by giving them 10% OFF all regular priced items and we have two designated parking spots for military personnel.
Memorial Day is also the unofficial start of summer and growing season here in Flagstaff, Arizona. Flagstaff’s weather is very unpredictable, but many people say once we honor Memorial Day, then we can safely start planting and growing without worry. Come to HomCo to ask us about how we can help your garden flourish this summer. We have many seeds, fertilizers, and tools to make your growing season the best it can be. For the month of June, we will be focusing on the growing season and the tools that are needed to help make your planting and landscapes wonderful.
Some of us at HomCo will wear poppies, hang flags in our front yards, celebrate our loved ones, or just enjoy time with our family. Whatever you do this Memorial Day weekend, please do not forget HomCo is here to help you make your day better by helping you with your next home project. HomCo wants to stress the thanks we have to all the family of fallen military personnel and all that have served to keep this country safe and free.
If you would like to learn more about Memorial Day please refer to the following websites: