Friday, May 23, 2014

In Remembrance: Memorial Day 2014

Memorial Day is a federal holiday, observed on the last Monday in May.  A moment of silence will be
observed at 3 p.m. local time, across the nation, to pay tribute to the American men and women who
died during military service.
1)  Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day, from the practice of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags.  Federal law declared the day's official name Memorial Day in 1967.
2)  Memorial Day was a response to the casualties on both sides of the Civil War.
3)  It is customary on Memorial Day to fly the flag at half staff until noon, and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset.

4)  In 2000 Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance, which asks Americans to pause for one minute at 3 p.m. (local time) on Memorial Day in an act of national unity.


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For information on how to support the troops, the history of Memorial Day, American recipes, and Memorial Day Weekend safety tips, visit

All TWU Libraries are closed for Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-26, 2014) and will reopen on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

A safe, happy and peaceful holiday weekend to all.

~Sandy Cochran

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