Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day History and Library Hours

The Coker Library will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for the Memorial Day holiday.  We will reopen Tuesday, May 28th at 8:30 a.m.

Memorial Day began as Decoration Day during the Civil War as a holiday dedicated to remembering the dead from that horrific war, often by decorating the graves of these soldiers.  As the holiday began to honor the dead of all of America's wars, the name was changed to Memorial Day shortly after World War I.  In 1971, Congress proclaimed Memorial day to be a National Holiday, to be held on the last Monday of May.

Memorial Day is also the traditional beginning of summer in the United States, so break out the white pants!

"Memorial Day." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online Academic Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2013. Web. 24 May. 2013. 

"Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs." Memorial Day History. U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs, 30 Nov. 2012. Web. 24 May 2013.

Photo source: Tomb of the Unknowns: People Paying Their Respects. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 24 May. 2013. 

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