Gourmet Caterers wishes to salute Memorial Day. It is not just a day to have a family Barbeque. There is much more meaning than that. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. It was and still is a day to honor our Veterans. Those men and women who have given their lives to ensure our freedom.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States, observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, which was first recorded to have been observed by Freedmen (freed enslaved southern blacks) in Charleston, South Carolina in 1865, at the Washington Race Course, to remember the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. The recognition of the fallen victims was then enacted under the name Memorial Day by an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War. Over time, it was extended after World War I to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Now known as Memorial Day, it is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Memorial Day often marks the start of the summer vacation season, and Labor Day its end. Now is the time to plan your Summer Picnic. Gourmet Caterers is an Orange County Caterer, who loves to serve you great BBQ food at your picnic.
Begun as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil War, by the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as ordinary people visited the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family get-togethers, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 auto race, held since 1911 on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend..
Happy Summer to you and yours.