25 May Memorial Day Celebrations
On behalf of everyone here at Zepco Fence, your hometown wooden fence company, we would like to wish you and your family a happy Memorial Day Weekend.
These days, the three-day weekend at the end of May marks the unofficial start of the summer season. Here in South Florida, the start of summer isn’t generally seen as something worth celebrating, but if you’re from up north or the Midwest, you probably remember the community pools re-opening, the backyard grill being rolled out for the first barbecue of the year and the end of the school year.
Three-day weekends like these are a welcome break from the fast-paced pressures of our lives. It’s a chance to sleep, to spend time relaxing with family and friends or to get a few things done around the house (like shopping for beautiful residential wood fencing!).
It’s important to remember what the holiday stands for, though. There will be sales at the mall and probably some fireworks in the night sky, but Memorial Day is America’s most solemn holiday, a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our nation.
The roots of the holiday trace back to the Civil War. More than 600,000 soldiers were killed in action during this dark chapter in our history. Almost every community in every state suffered losses. When the fighting finally came to a close, the graves of lost fathers, sons, brothers, husbands and friends were decorated with flags and flowers. It wasn’t an organized event in the beginning, just a natural expression of grief and remembrance.
According to History.com, the town of Waterloo NY is credited with officially starting the holiday. “On May 5, 1866, its citizens closed their shops and businesses so that everyone could decorate the graves of the men killed during the war. Then an old war general had an idea. John A. Logan was the leader of the Union Veteran Association. He spearheaded an effort to unite all the decoration services into one national holiday, designating May 30 as Decoration Day,” they report.
The first national observance of Decoration Day was in 1868. On May 30 of that year, 5,000 mourners made the pilgrimage to Arlington National Cemetery. “They placed flowers and ribbons on the 20,000 graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers,” History.com says. This year and every year, flags will once again adorn the graves of the fallen at Arlington.
At the end of the 19th century, the holiday was renamed Memorial Day. And there many memories still seemed fresh – tension and ill feeling between north and south still lingered. It wasn’t until World War I and the era of modern warfare that that started to change. During World War I we lost more than 130,000 service members. “This shared experience finally bonded America’s north and south,” the experts at History.com say. “When the war ended May 30 became a day to honor all American soldiers who died in battle as far back as the Revolutionary War.”
It wasn’t until 1971, however, that Memorial Day officially became a federal holiday. That’s when Congress shifted it from May 30 to the fourth Monday in May. The following year – 1972 – the first Zepco Fence was installed. Since then, we have installed countless modern wooden fences, PVC fences, ornamental fences and commercial fences as well as animal enclosures and gates.
We are grateful for the support we have received from the community over the years and we are extremely grateful to all those who have served our nation and will be honored this weekend.
Whatever you have planned for the Memorial Day Weekend, we hope you enjoy it.