Memorial Day. A day marked by office & school closures, long weekends, grilling, and the start of swim season. It is so much more, though.

Memorial day is an honorific holiday even older than its inception - it is a day used to commemorate those who laid down their lives in battle. This has been a practice for centuries, and was formerly known as Decoration Day in the Pre-Civil War South. Decoration Day added focus to the commemoration of fallen soldiers by cleaning and decorating their graves - hence the holiday's name. The date varied from state to state, but was definitely more common in the South than the North.

After the Civil War and rejoining of the Union, Decoration Day spread across the northern part of the reunified United States of America. Decoration Day became a day of memory for soldiers from both sides - Union and Confederate. As the years passed and the 1800s passed into the 1900s, the holiday evolved and began commemorating all soldiers who had laid down their lives; Naturally, Decoration day became known as Memorial day.

The years continued to roll by and the 1900s became the 2000s. Memorial day continued to shift and adapt and the modern era arrived. It became commonplace where only the graves of soldiers who had family left to mourn them were decorated, whereas at its inception, Memorial day was meant to remember all soldiers and - in Decoration day tradition - to decorate the graves of all soldiers, regardless of their familial ties and legacy.

So this Memorial day, remember those who had made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that you can grill whenever or whatever you want, spend time family and friends and your leisure and discretion, and that swimming can be enjoyed regardless of location, time, and gender.

Our office will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. Thank you to all the men and women who have served, are serving, and will continue to serve our country.