Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer, so why not celebrate in Sixties style with Planter’s Punch.
Before You Celebrate, Pause to Honor Those Who Fell
I’d be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to remember what Memorial Day is truly about, and that is to honor those men and women who died in service to our country.
Originally called Decoration Day, the day was first marked in 1868 as a way to honor the Union solders who died in the Civil War. The first ceremony held at Arlington saw flowers placed on the graves 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. The Day became a national holiday in 1873.
Following World War 1, (when over 116,000 Americans lost their lives) the holiday became a day to remember the dead from all American wars. Since 1775, approximately 1.3 million Americans have died serving their country. Hundreds of thousands more sacrificed their limbs, their physical health and/or their mental health. We Thank Them For Their Sacrifice.