Bristol Redevelopment & Housing Authority

Bristol Redevelopment & Housing Authority

BRHA Observes Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th

What is Memorial Day

All Administrative Offices of the Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority will be closed Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day.

What is Memorial Day 2019

Memorial Day is an American holiday, noticed on the last Monday of May, respecting the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Initially called as Decoration Day, it invented in the years following the Civil War and became an official united holiday in 1971.


On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, head of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of memory later that month.

“The 30th of May, 1868, is appoint for the motivation of strewing with flowers, or otherwise adorn the graves of comrades who died in security of their nation through the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in nearly every metropolis, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he declare.

The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was select because it wasn’t the anniversary of any specific battle. Many Northern nation held similar commemorative events and reprised the heritage in succeeding years; by 1890 every one had made Decoration Day an official nation holiday. Southern nation, on the other hand, continued to respect their fallen on independent days until after World War I.


Metropolis and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades every year, frequently include military personnel and members of veterans’ institution. Few of the huge parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. On a rarely somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, maybe because it informal marks the starting of summer.


Memorial Day, initially known Decoration Day, is a day of memory for those who have fallen in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen metropolis and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day.

While Waterloo N.Y. was officially announcing the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s arduous to proof conclusively the beginning of the day. Regardless of the accurate date or place of its beginning, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a aspiration to respect our fallen.

Memorial Day is referred at Arlington National Cemetery every year with a celebration in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Traditionally, the President or Vice President lays a garland at the Tomb of the Unknown Serviceman. About 5,000 people present the ceremony annually.