Here in Philadelphia, we take our freedom very seriously. The rich history and legacy that exudes from the very streets of the city is special and unique to our hometown, and on Memorial Day, we have much to appreciate.
A Brief History: In 1866, ‘Decoration Day’ was set aside for a very special purpose – to decorate the graves of Civil War fallen soldiers. Soon after World War I, the name was changed to Memorial Day, and the scope expanded to forever incorporate and honor brave men and women from all American wars. In 1971, Congress made Memorial Day an official holiday.
Many see Memorial Day as a day off from work, or a day for picnics and barbecues. And while we love spending time with friends and family too, we wanted to offer a few ways that you can also spend some time in remembrance and showing respect to those who sacrificed so much.
- Independence National Historical Park (home of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall) will host a series of special events to honor the nation’s veterans throughout Memorial Day weekend. Experience tours, history lessons, and a concert from the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corp. May 27-28, 2017
- Permanent displays and temporary exhibitions always grab our interest but in observance of Memorial Day, the National Constitution Center will present a variety of special programming. Visitors can participate in flag ceremonies each day, as well as take part in themed crafting, thank-a-vet letter writing, giant-flag-folding lessons and more. May 27- 29, 2017:
- Laurel Hill Cemetery was the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia in 1868. This year, the cemetery is honoring its past with a Decoration Day Service with the General Meade Society. Guests are invited to participate in a service that honors all fallen veterans with wreath-laying, speeches and more. Sunday, May 28, 2017:
Of course, flowers play a large role in honoring the fallen as well. If you are looking for the perfect floral design to show sympathy, or wish to order a wreath to place at a grave site or memorial, call Robertson’s Flowers. It would be our privilege to help you to honor those special to you on Memorial Day.