Our nation has achieved greatness by sacrificing those who fought and died for our freedom. Memorial Day was intended to help us remember those who gave their lives for us.
Here are some ideas for Memorial Day Promotions:
- Decorate your business with patriotic bunting and offer commemorative memorabilia like flags and t-shirts to your customers.
- Set up a table to distribute collateral and giveaways that include your logo and contact information (name, address, website) at a sporting event or enter a float in the local parade.
Your expense will be limited to the costs of the promotional products you select and any entry fees, but the public relations opportunities are immense.
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Memorial Day Promotions
Memorial Day was initially known as Decoration Day and is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May but was formerly observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many volunteers place an American flag on graves of military personnel in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial beginning of summer in the United States.
Several cities and people have claimed to have first celebrated the event. In 1868, General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic called for a “Decoration Day,” widely acclaimed. By 1890, every Northern state had adopted it as a holiday. The World Wars turned it into a generalized day of remembrance instead of just the Civil War. In 1971, Congress standardized the holiday as “Memorial Day” and changed its observance to the last Monday in May.
Two other days celebrate those who have served or are serving in the U.S. military: Armed Forces Day (which is earlier in May), an unofficial U.S. holiday for honoring those currently serving in the armed forces, and Veterans Day (on November 11), which celebrates those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
Origins of Memorial Day
The history of Memorial Day in the United States is complex. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes that approximately 25 places claim the holiday originated. At Columbus [Georgia] State University, there is a Center for Memorial Day Research. The University of Mississippi incorporates a Center for Civil War Research that houses research on Memorial Day’s origins. Decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers goes back to before the United States was formed. And soldiers’ graves were decorated in the U.S. before and during the American Civil War. Many origination claims are myths, unsupported by evidence, while others are one-time cemetery dedications or funeral tributes. In 2014, one scholarly effort attempted to separate the myths and past events from the activities that led to the establishment of the federal holiday.[
Early national history
In April 1865, following Lincoln’s assassination, commemorations were widespread. Since over 600,000 soldiers of both sides died in the Civil War, the burial and memorialization took on new cultural significance. Under women’s leadership during the war, the increasingly formal practice of decorating graves had taken shape. In 1865, the federal government began creating the United States National Cemetery System for the Union war dead.
By the 1880s, ceremonies were becoming more consistent across geography.
Memorial Day Promotions
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