Happy Memorial Day!
Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated during the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and created the need to establish the country’s first national cemeteries.
By the late 1860s, Americans throughout the country had begun holding springtime tributes to these fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.
Where this tradition originated is unknown. Some communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. And some records show that one of the earliest Memorial Day commemoration was organized by a group of freed slaves in Charleston, South Carolina—less than a month after the Confederacy surrendered in 1865.
Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York the official birthplace of Memorial Day.
So, whether you’re taking some time to enjoy a barbecue or special event (social distancing, of course), it’s nice to take a moment and honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.
At Money & Clarity, we respect those who serve with passion and commitment. We are honored when we’re able to help you achieve your financial dreams for you and your family.
After you celebrate Memorial Day, give us a call at 513-563-PLAN (7526) or book online to schedule an appointment. Talk to us about your goals and we’ll work together to make your retirement memorable. Call us today.
Nikki Earley, CFP® & Dan Cuprill, CFP®
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