Since 1971, Memorial Day has fallen on the final Monday in the month May. Although most people know Memorial Day has something to do with men and women in the armed services, they do not know the true meaning or origin of the national holiday. Originally called Decoration Day, many military members and family of those who served began honoring those who passed during the Civil War. Decoration Day was originally scheduled to fall on May 30, but was eventually changed the final Monday in May to ensure a longer weekend for those who chose to celebrate the lives of their lost friends and family. Memorial Day became an official national holiday in 1971. Although all members of the service should be honored, Memorial Day serves as a time to recognize those who have fallen. The White House flag is raised to half-staff for a portion of the day to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives while serving our country. The entire Ryan Family is extremely grateful to all the men and women who have passed, served or will serve our country in the armed services!
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