Decorating soldiers’ graves is a very ancient tradition, and the practice of doing it on a specific day has had all kinds of names in different communities. One of the most common was “Decoration Day.”
The name “Memorial Day” is pretty recent! In 1968, Congress passed a law that named the day “Memorial Day” and made it on the last Monday of May, so workers could have a three day weekend. (The act also includes Veterans’ Day, Labor Day, and a couple of other holidays.)
Memorial Day is about remembering and honoring soldiers who died in wars. Almost every family has at least one member who fought in some kind of conflict. Involvement in war raises risk of depression and anxiety both for the person who participates and for others in the family, especially children.
Even if you don’t have a family member who lost their life in a war, Memorial Day reminds us to be grateful that there were so many people who were willing to fight to preserve the good in society. Which means it’s a reason to express gratitude. And the discipline of expressing gratitude is a super healing discipline.
Have a relaxing and peaceful holiday.
Has your family lost members to wars? What are you grateful for this Memorial Day? Tell us in the comments.