Veterans Gathering

A Little Memorial Day History

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, is a day to honor all the men and women who have given their lives while serving in the military defending freedom here and abroad. It is celebrated on the last Monday of May, when many people take the time to visit the graves of fallen soldiers.

Memorial Day began in order to honor the men who died during the Civil War, and was inspired by the way that people in Southern states honor the dead. After World War I, the holiday was expanded to honor both men and women who have served in the military.

Traditionally, flags are flown at half-mast from dawn until noon, and then raised to full mast until the sun goes down. Volunteers place thousands of American flags on the graves of soldiers in national cemeteries across the nation. Because Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial start of summer, parades, BBQ’s and picnics are often held to again honor our military and kick off the warm weather.

All of us at Randy Jones Insurance in Pleasanton, California would like to personally  thank all of our military men and women for their service to our country.