Memorial Day is observed the last Monday of May. It originally honored the people killed in the American Civil War, but has extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. Being an unofficial start of the summer, Memorial Day weekend is always packed with sun, staying out, parades, and tasty BBQs. However, the DiscountReactor team knows that the days surrounding the end of May will be offering great shopping opportunities. It happens so, that the Memorial Day weekend provides some of the best sales since the start of the year, featuring coupons, codes, special offers and clearances that go along with already discounted goods. The offers for the Memorial Day in the recent years have started with the earliest date being in the end of March and held on till the end of June. Clearance apparel discounts usually go up to 80% off. Many of the stores are sure to offer free shipping, so you can forget about long and exhausting lines in malls. Don't forget to look through our tips on how to use the deals and offers to save the maximum amount of money and buy much more.
Memorial Day starts with the flag of the United States being raised to the very top of the staff and then slowly brought down to the half-staff position, where it usually remains until noon. It is then raised to the top of the staff by the order of the President for the rest of the day. The half-staff flag position remembers more than one million men and women who sacrificed their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who do not let their sacrifice be in vain, and decide to rise up their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
The National Memorial Day Concert is one of the biggest concerts throughout the year and takes place on the United States Capitol’s west lawn. Music is performed by orchestras, and respect is paid to the US citizens who gave their lives for the country.
Many Americans attend one of the thousands of parades held on Memorial Day in large and small cities all over the country. Most of these feature marching bands, the National Guard and other servicemen, along with veterans and military vehicles from various wars. One of the longest-standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, the Coca-Cola 600 stock car race, the Memorial Tournament golf event and several others.
This day always leaves mixed feelings inside. Apart from joyful occasion of the holiday itself, many catch themselves thinking about hundreds and thousands of those courageous people, who are no longer with us. Those, whom we proudly call Heroes. Those, who earned the respect and love of the whole Nation.