Memorial Day: Celebrating History

05/28/2024

At Perlo, alongside construction companies nationwide, we honor veterans from all branches of the armed forces—the US Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and the National Guard. We hold them all in the highest regard for their unwavering dedication to our nation.

Let us take a moment to reflect on the history and significance of Memorial Day, and to honor and remember those who have selflessly served our country. Emerging in the United States after the conclusion of the Civil War in the spring of 1865, Memorial Day gained federal recognition as a holiday in 1971. Initially dubbed ‘Decoration Day,’ its inaugural commemoration occurred on May 30th, 1868, led by a group of Northern Civil War veterans at Arlington National Cemetery.

In the wake of World War I, these tributes evolved to honor American military personnel who perished in all conflicts, spanning World War II, The Vietnam War, The Korean War, and the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Over time, Memorial Day customs have expanded to encompass a range of traditions, including:

  • Lowering American flags to half-staff until noon, then hoisting them to full height
  • Observing a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time
  • Sporting red poppies as a symbol of remembrance
  • Shutting down non-essential businesses and government services
  • Gathering with family, often visiting cemeteries and sharing meals

Today, we pay homage to all those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. Our deepest appreciation to these brave individuals who sacrificed everything for the sake of our freedom. From all of us, thank you.