Decoration Day!

posted in: Michigan Weather Forecast, Slim | 20

Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union sailors and soldiers.

During that first national commemoration, former Union Gen. and sitting Ohio Congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.

This event was inspired by local observances of the day that had taken place in several towns throughout America in the three years after the Civil War. In 1873, New York was the first state to designate Memorial Day as a legal holiday. By the late 1800s, many more cities and communities observed Memorial Day, and several states had declared it a legal holiday. After World War I, it became an occasion for honoring those who died in all of America’s wars and was then more widely established as a national holiday throughout the United States.

In 1971, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and established that Memorial Day was to be commemorated on the last Monday of May. Several southern states, however, officially commemorate an additional, separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead, sometimes referred to as a Confederate Memorial Day: January 19 in Texas; third Monday in Jan. in Arkansas; fourth Monday in Apr. in Alabama and Mississippi; April 26 in Florida and Georgia; May 10 in North and South Carolina; last Monday in May in Virginia; and June 3 in Louisiana and Tennessee. Since 1971 the earliest that Memorial Day can be observed is May 25th (as it is this year) and of course the latest is May 31st

Over the years Memorial Day has been said to be the start of the summer vacation season. For weather records the up to 1970 when May 30th was always the day Memorial Day was observed here at Grand Rapids the record high was 92 set in 1918 with 90 seen in 1953, 1937 and 1921. The record coldest maximum was a cold 48 in 1910. There were no other Memorial Days with a high below 60 during that time. From 1971 to 2019 when Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday in May. The warmest was 94 set on May 28th 2018. Highs of 91 have been recorded in 1978 and 2009 (May 29th) 2012 (May 28th) The coldest maximum was a cool 54 in 1983 (May 30th) The coldest low since 1970 on Memorial Day was 35 in 1974 (May27th)

I hope everyone has a nice and safe Memorial Day weekend.

Slim

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

FYI – Whitmer has not put anyone out of business in MI! Here are the 2 leading causes for unemployment in MI! 1. A global pandemic, namely Covid 19! 2. Trumps horrible lack of leadership and multiple mistakes he has made dealing with the pandemic! The list of his mistakes and inaction is too long to list on the blog site!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Thank God for Whitmer! Keep saving lives!

Andy W
Andy W

What an awesome day! It was awesome up in snow country!! So great to live like a Free American again!!

Andy W
Andy W

It was just so sad today driving up north and seeing the hundreds of businesses that Witchmer has put out of business with her wreckless actions!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

At the lake for the first time this season. Beautiful day! I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday weekend.

*SS*
*SS*

Another piece of Memorial Day facts
NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM J. CLINTON, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 29, 2000, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as the time to join in prayer and to observe the National Moment of Remembrance.May 26, 2000

Mookie
Mookie

NWS GR didn’t have a good write up this morning, but check this out from NWS Detroit: “The 500mb height anomaly will increase to +15dam on Monday bringing an unseasonably warm stretch. Surface dewpoints will climb into the upper 60s to about 70F for Memorial Day making for a hot and muggy holiday yielding heat indices near 90F. This tropical like airmass will be favorable for higher SBCAPE values, but dynamics will be shunted as the expansive ridge aloft destructively interferes with a series of shortwave troughs arriving during the middle of the week. There will still be daily chances… Read more »

Mookie
Mookie

Hot, muggy, tropical for Lower Michigan!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Thank God for a smart, thoughtful and responsible Governor! Whitmer Rocks! Keep up the great work!

Andy W
Andy W

Alright! Heading up north with my wife to snow country!! Hopefully The Wicked Gretch of The East and her family left enough food in the restaurants up there after they all descended on TC yesterday! Hey INDY, crack a few sprites for me and enjoy the time with your family and friends this weekend!

Mookie
Mookie

Well, today will be our 4th straight above average day. And WOOD shows 7 or 8 more upcoming. I love it!