Happy Memorial Day – Five Days Early
Memorial Day hasn’t always fallen on a Monday. In the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90-363), Congress changed it from May 30 each year – the anniversary of the original Decoration Day in 1868 – to the last Monday in May. Some argue that this change has detracted from the solemnity of the holiday.
Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in military service. It was first enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War and was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.
These days we enjoy Memorial Day as much as anything for having a three-day weekend in the late spring. It’s a legitimate question whether all the barbecues take our attention away from paying homage to fallen soldiers.
S. 70 would restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day. The bill has been introduced for the last ten Congresses, though, and hasn’t seen much action. Is this the Congress to pass it? Or do we want to keep our three-day weekend?
Here’s the current vote on S. 70. Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki article on the bill.