Imagine waking up every day and starting your shower. As you’re getting ready to hop in, you notice that the water appears to be dirty. Then, you take your fingertips and reluctantly glide them under the dirty, running water to find out that it’s also freezing!
So many of us can’t imagine this as our reality, but for the honorable men that served our country during the civil war, this was a normal, daily occurrence. It’s because of these individuals that we can enjoy luxuries like clean (and warm) water today, and the upcoming holiday gives us the opportunity to say thank you.
It All Began with Decoration Day
This U.S. holiday began after the Civil War and was established in 1868 by General John A. Logan. However, it wasn’t always as we know it today.
In the early years, it was known as “Decoration Day” and primarily honored the men who served in the Civil War. Since the battle marked the most lives lost in a U.S. battle, it was also the first time the U.S. had to declare national cemeteries.
On this day (and even before) family and friends would gather together to decorate the graves of the loved ones they had lost. It was celebrated on May 30th every year until 1968 when traditions began to change and this day would become a staple in U.S. history and tradition.
Celebrating Our Armed Forces
From the 1860’s to the 1920’s, lobbyists gathered in favor to expand the celebration and as years went by, this holiday commemorating our freedom evolved into what it is today.
Decoration Day in 2019 is known as Memorial Day and now celebrates ALL men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces since the Civil War.
Friends and families still bring flowers and gifts to their loved ones, but we also celebrate the lives of our brave brothers and sisters with parades, barbecues, concerts and even the Indy 500, which began in 1911 and has since taken place in conjunction with Memorial Day. Although we still mourn the lives that have been lost, we also feel as though it’s our duty to celebrate what these individuals brought to society during such a crucial time in history.
Thank You for Letting Us Serve
On this Memorial Day, we at Epic Plumbing, want to say thank you to all of our clients for your loyalty and support. We remain grateful to all of our service men and women who have made it possible for us to serve you over the years and we will continue to honor them through that service.
As you are enjoying barbecues, parades, concerts or even the Indy 500 with your loved ones, we ask you to join us in remembering the men and women who can no longer be here with us but have made it possible for us to enjoy this freedom. Happy Memorial Day to you and your family. We wish you a momentous holiday and a beautiful weekend.