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Campus Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

Campus Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

Submitted on May 25, 2018

Georgetown College joins with the rest of the Nation in celebrating Memorial Day. The campus is officially closed for the holiday observance on Monday, May 28, 2018.

Held annually on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day dates back to the Civil War. Legend has it the celebration began in 1864. The first national celebration began in 1868, however, and was called Decoration Day.

During that year, May 30 was set aside for “the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” General John Logan wrote at the time, according to the History Channel.

The name of the holiday was eventually changed, and its scope slowly widened to include all wars. In 1971, it was moved to the last Monday in May.

President Donald Trump has issued his proclamation for this Monday, according to NEWSWEEK. He is asking that flags be flown at half-staff until noon, and he is recognizing the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I.

“Memorial Day is our nation’s solemn reminder that freedom is never free. It is a moment of collective reflection on the noble sacrifices of those who gave the last measure of devotion in service of our ideals and in the defense of our nation,” he writes. “On this ceremonious day, we remember the fallen, we pray for a lasting peace among nations, and we honor these guardians of our inalienable rights.”

Americans may celebrate with cookouts and parades on this day which for many is the unofficial start of summer, but all are encouraged to observe a moment of silence at 3 p.m. on Monday. This tradition was established in 2000 by then-President Bill Clinton, so people could “remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom for all.”

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