MEMORIAL DAY, FOUNDED IN ILLINOIS

At Anderson & Boback, we specialize in military divorce and custody issues. Our attorneys know how to property evaluate leave and earnings statements and military retirement plans. Many times military clients will come to us after other attorneys in the domestic relations field failed acknowledge their special concerns. We would like to dedicate our blog today to our military clients and military families throughout the United States.

Memorial Day was arguably founded in Illinois. It is a federal holiday dedicated to remembering the good civilians who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. Observance of the holiday always occurs on the last Monday of May. Initially, it was known as “Decoration Day” after the American Civil War in 1868. At that time, an organization of Union veterans, known as the Grand Army of the Republic, in Decatur, Illinois, established Decoration Day as the day every year to decorate the graves of those who died in the war with flowers.

On Memorial Day, the American Flag is raised to the top of the staff and then slowly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains until noon. It is then, again, raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The significance of the flag’s position is as follows: the half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country; at noon, their memory is “raised” by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue to fight for liberty and justice for all.

Happy Memorial Day!

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