Memorial Day is a designated day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Please join us at North Texas Women’s Health Care in saluting those brave men and women who fought and died for our country.
After the Civil War many communities held observances to honor those who lost their lives during the war that divided our country. Businesses closed, residents flew flags at half-staff and people gathered at cemeteries decorating graves of fallen soldiers. Decoration Day was the original designation of Memorial Day and it is thought that it was observed in May due to the abundance of flowers in bloom.
A group of women visiting a cemetery in Columbus, Mississippi, spread flowers over the resting places of Confederate soldiers and were saddened to see the graves of Union soldiers neglected. Even though the Union soldiers were considered the enemy, these women placed flowers on the graves of the Union soldiers also.
After World War I, Memorial Day was expanded to honor all those who have died in all American Wars. By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day was observed on May 30th. On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, moving four holidays, including Memorial Day from the traditional day to a Monday. Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May.
Family members of fallen soldiers have also sacrificed greatly. We also wish to honor the families of the brave men and women who gave their lives for our great country.