Memorial Day has its roots in post-Civil War Waterloo, New York, which is credited with holding the first official Memorial Day commemoration.
The holiday has certainly evolved in the past 150 years or so. What began as a somber observance for fallen soldiers has now morphed into a holiday marked by barbecues, traffic, travel and low-key revelry–and, of course, tacky marketing campaigns.
As you savor the flavors of a long weekend, reflect on the sacrifice of those who gave all that we might enjoy so much freedom. This includes the freedom to create and consume infographics, including the piece above created by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The infographic reminds us why we celebrate Memorial Day, along with sobering statistics that merit serious reflection.
So, this weekend, relax, and take a few moments to learn about the origins of this important holiday.