Memorial Day Part 1: Origin and Family

memorial dayDid you know Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day? Decoration Day was suggested by General John A Logan, leader of a civil war veterans’ association. The first Decoration Day was held on 30th May, 1868. The reason for this choice was that no battle had taken place on this day. In the past, citizens of the United States would decorate soldier’s graves to show support and love. We still see this today, but not as much as we would back in the 1870s.

It seems today we are more focused on getting the day off from work and extending the weekend, even if it’s just one more day. Regardless, the importance of Memorial remains strong, as it is a time to acknowledge and give respect to those who have fought for our country and solidified our freedom.

Our freedom gives us the opportunity to choose many things here in the U.S. and one of them is the freedom to show love to those we care about. Memorial Day is a wonderful time to spend with your loved ones, including your friends and your family members. Head to the local market and pick up something to grill, or pump up that basketball and shoot some hoops with your buddies. Either way, you know you’re in good company. We at SelectQuote value the commitment to family and friends. Here are a few quotes about family and friends for your enjoyment.

Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

-David Ogden Stiers

The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.

-Charles Kuralt

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.

-Michael J. Fox

Family is the most important thing in the world.

-Princess Diana

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.

-George Santayana

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

Mark Twain

Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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