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History of Memorial Day

On the fourth Monday of every May, we celebrate Memorial Day. Many of us get to enjoy a day off from work or school, and many of think of this day as the beginning of summer. But do you know the history of Memorial Day and what it truly means?

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While Memorial Day is often filled with cookouts, parades, and family get-togethers, it is actually one of our nation’s most solemn official days. Memorial Day originated after the Civil War as a day to honor those who died during the conflict. This was done by decorating graves with flowers and holding vigils to honor the deceased. When it was declared a day of remembrance in 1868 by General John A. Logan, it was called Decoration Day. After World War I, the holiday evolved to include all American military personnel who died in any war.

For years, Memorial Day was always observed on May 30th, the date of the first Decoration Day. But after the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed by Congress in 1968 and went into effect in 1971, the holiday was moved to the last Monday in May. In the years since, it has fallen between May 25-31; this year, it falls on May 28.

Today, communities across the country recognize Memorial Day with solemn celebrations at cemeteries that include placing flags on the graves of all veterans. If you are planning any family events this year, consider taking a few minutes to talk about the importance of the day with your family. We hope that whatever your Memorial Day celebration entails, you’ll join the team at Blackburn Nissan in taking a few moments out of your day to reflect on all the lives laid down in the effort to keep America free.

Celebrating Memorial Day Vicksburg-Style

Celebrating Memorial DayPlease tell us you aren’t thinking there is nothing fun to do in Vicksburg for Memorial Day. In case the thought flew through your head, let us at Blackburn Nissan give you a few suggestions.

Settle down for a relaxing evening with the Vicksburg Symphony Orchestra at the Vicksburg National Military Park, a fitting way to observe the holiday.

If you’re looking for a more family friendly activity, the Lake Fest at Eagle Lake offers a host of entertainment for everyone from games, live music, a flea market, and, of course, food! Proceeds from the event will benefit the Eagle Lake community.

For your shopping pleasure, the Outlets at Vicksburg promise to offer special Memorial Day sales throughout the weekend. To see the sales your favorite store is offering, check out the Outlets’ website before you go.

True to the cookout tradition of Memorial Day, the House of Ribs will be hosting a Grand Opening Memorial Day Festival. While we haven’t tasted their food, the name sure makes it sound like good food and good times await.

With all these events going on around Vicksburg, there’s no need to celebrate the holiday twiddling your thumbs at home. Hop in your Nissan and enjoy the day!