Here at Mountain West Farm Bureau, we’re gearing up for the 70th Anniversary of our founding back in 1948. A lot has changed since then, including the way America celebrates national holidays. In celebration of both our anniversary and Memorial Day, let’s take a look back at Memorial Day: 1948.
Though it didn’t become an official federal holiday until 1971, US citizens have been celebrating Memorial Day since the end of the Civil War. To honor fallen soldiers, people across the country decorated soldiers’ grave-sites with colorful flowers when Springtime came along. Such actions often became public events in which the communities could come together to pay their respects.
In 1948, three years after the end of World War II, America still grieved the loss of thousands of US troops. Memorial Day presented an opportunity for towns and cities across the country to mourn the recent losses; but also a time to come together to celebrate a hopeful future. Parades took place on Main Streets throughout the country and businesses closed their doors so their employees could salute the passing veterans on floats. Flags were placed on graves at the cemeteries, where services were held to honor the fallen.
Today, many of us think of barbecues, camping trips, swimming and other fun outdoor activities when we think of Memorial Day. Considered the unofficial start of Summer, the holiday brings families together for picnics, sporting events and vacations. Still, many Americans continue to uphold the tradition of visiting cemeteries to lay flowers and flags and remember the sacrifices made by the men and women of our military. Parades still take place all over the US in honor and celebration of their memory, and flags are lowered to half-mast.
No matter how you decide to spend your day, we at Mountain West Farm Bureau would like to wish you a Happy Memorial Day and issue a special thank you to the men and women of our armed forces, past and present. We hope you enjoyed this look back at Memorial Day 1948, and be on the lookout for more posts to celebrate our upcoming 70th Anniversary!