Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner! Families and friends get together to enjoy the long weekend and celebrate with picnics, BBQ’s and neighborhood get-togethers. Although we celebrate, it is a time to reflect on this important federal holiday. Formally known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the war. The intent of this holiday was to decorate with flowers the graves of the soldiers killed in service to their country. Through the years and particularly after WW2, the holiday grew to honor all Americans who have died while in military service. The day of remembrance was previously May 30 but in 1968, Congress passed Uniform Monday Holiday Act that moved four holidays to Mondays to create a more convenient 3-day weekend. Memorial Day was one of the four holidays. It is now celebrated on the last Monday of May and typically marks the beginning of summer.
During Memorial Day weekend, flags are displayed around the country in remembrance of the holiday. On Monday, the official United States flag is raised to the top of the staff and respectfully lowered to a half-staff position where it remains until noon to remember the one million men and women who have given their lives in service of the country. At noon the flag is raised to the top of the staff to remind us that our military is rising to the call to continue the fight for liberty and justice.
Donning the upcoming holiday weekend in red, white, and blue is fitting and a pair of flag socks adds the perfect finishing touch. At FOOT TRAFFIC, we have both men’s American flag socks and women’s American flag socks, so order several pairs for family and friends and show your patriotism!