MEMORIAL DAY was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the holiday, electing to honor their dead separately until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). Since legislation passed in 2000, it is now celebrated in every State on May 30. Several southern states have an additional separate day (for honoring the Confederate war dead).
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, but there is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War. Memorial Day has become a national holiday much removed from its origin to honor those who died in service to our nation. Now it’s mostly a break from work and school to play. Our TIP and hope is for all people everywhere to bring warring to an end in every corner of this planet. Take this holiday to envision a new beginning. If you are experiencing discord in your life with someone, please make every effort to reach a shared state of peace and harmony. Take a vow of commitment towards compassion, and refrain from engaging in adversity of any sort. Remember to honor all people who worked so hard to bring us to a better tomorrow, which is today, and our obligation to ensure another better tomorrow obtains for all children everywhere. Honor the dead, and celebrate the living. Not just on Memorial Day, but every day, let us remember men and women who passed bravely into the night were also children with dreams of a better tomorrow.
In our domestic help field, taking care of children often falls to a housekeeper, nanny, governess, baby nurse, or other staff that often does double duty when children are involved. Children evolve with our love and compassion they learn by example, more then any other means. From all of us at ISA domestic help agency, we wish you and your family a peaceful and meaningful Memorial Day weekend.
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