A Short History of Memorial Day

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    Prior to President Lyndon Banes Johnson signing The Uniform Holiday Act into law on June 28,
    1968, Memorial Day took place on May 30th of each year.
    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php? The Uniform Monday Holiday Act (Pub.L. 90-363) pid=28963#axzz1vtp9yvlg

    Two paragraphs from President Johnson's Bill Signing Statement on June 6, 1968.

    The provisions of this bill insure a minimum of five regularly recurring 3-day weekends each year for Federal employees. The costs will be offset to an important degree by avoiding disruptions of Government business through Monday observance of holidays.

    The private employer will enjoy similar gains in efficiency. The Monday holiday will stimulate greater industrial and commercial production, sparing business and labor the penalty of midweek shutdowns.

    During June, 1968, 536 members of our Armed Forces made the Supreme Sacrifice in Vietnam.

    In my opinion, this was apolitical and business decision which dishonored those who gave their lives for this country and their families.

    The Gold Star Families of previous wars and those during Viet

    As eloquently stated by Mr. Inouye ( Democratic Senator from Hawaii )* in his introductory remarks to the bill he introduced in 1999:

    "Mr. President, in our effort to accommodate many Americans by making the last Monday in May, Memorial Day, we have lost sight of the significance of this day to our nation. Instead of using Memorial Day as a time to honor and reflect on the sacrifices made by Americans in combat, many Americans use the day as a celebration of the beginning of summer. My bill would restore Memorial Day to May 30 and authorize our flag to fly at half mast on that day. In addition, this legislation would authorize the President to issue a proclamation designating Memorial Day and Veterans Day as days for prayer and ceremonies honoring American veterans. This legislation would help restore the recognition our veterans deserve for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of our nation." (1999 Congressional Record, page S621)*World War II combat veteran with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, who earned the nation’s highest award for military valor, the Medal of Honor.
     
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