On Monday we celebrate Memorial Day. While we often celebrate it with barbecues, parades, and fireworks, we should also remember those who gave their lives for our freedom to celebrate this holiday. Those, mostly young men and women who gave their lives in both domestic wars and foreign ones so that we would not be subjects of a foreign king, so that our brothers and sisters could be freed from slavery, and so that our country and our citizens would be protected from foreign attack.
Memorial Day, commemorated on the last Monday of May since 1971, is a day of remembrance to honor those who died in service to the United States of America. Originally called Decoration Day and designated on May 30th because it was not the anniversary of a particular battle, the tradition remembered those who died fighting in the Civil War.
In 1873, New York was the first state to recognize the holiday officially. By 1900 many other states had adopted it as a legal holiday, and after World War I, it was changed to honor Americans who died fighting in any war. While many locations claim to be the first to begin the tradition, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York, as the birthplace of Memorial Day. Since the Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect in 1971, Memorial Day has been commemorated on the last Monday of May to honor those who have given their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Please enjoy a restful Memorial Day weekend, and take the time to honor those who lost their lives while serving in the United States Military.
Our next CWA Local 1298 membership meeting is going to be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. This is going to be an in-person meeting at Devonshire Hall 105 Sanford St. Hamden from 6PM-8PM. Please plan to attend!