Saturday, May 26, 2012

In Remembrance

Thank You to All Who've
Served in Past & Current Wars.
We Appreciate Your Service
and Sacrifices

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday,
 CraftFusion will close Saturday,
May 26th at 7:00pm
& will reopen Tuesday, May 31st at 10:00am
Enjoy this holiday weekend with your family and friends.

Memorial Day, originally recognized as Decoration Day, is a day designated for remembrance for those who've died in service to our country.  Officially proclaimed as a holiday on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, it 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 the Northern states, but the South refused to acknowledge the day.  Instead, they honored their dead on separate days until after World War I, when the holiday changed from honoring only those who'd died fighting the Civil War to honoring all Americans who'd died fighting in any war.  It's now celebrated in almost every state on the last Monday in May - passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 to ensure a three-day weekend for Federal holidays - though several Southern states still have an additional day separate for honoring the Confederate war dead.
In 2011, Congress passed a resolution creating a National Moment of Remembrance, which encourages all Americans to pause for one minute at 3:00pm local time on Memorial Day to honor those who've died as a result of their service to this Nation.  "As we contemplate the comforts and blessings of our lives and the well-being of our Nation, I ask you to pause just for a moment to remember those who gave their lives to protect the values that give meaning to our lives." (Former Pres. Bill Clinton, May 31, 1999)
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