What a day of conflicting emotions! Here we are back again, with Memorial Day starting summer vacations. Schools are out. Kids are ecstatic. Marching bands are getting ready to parade up Main Streets in towns all over the country. Ohhh, this is a great long weekend to dangle your toes in the ocean, take a bike ride into the mountains, loaf in a hammock with your dog, or just read a book and mellow out.
But…there is really a lot more to it than just that. And, for members of the fashion industry, days like this have special significance. They give us all the chance to promote our products while celebrating or commemorating national times of importance and caring. It is an opportunity not to be missed.
Memorial Day will be observed on May 25th this year. Formerly called Decoration Day, this is a federal holiday originally established to honor the Union soldiers who died in the Civil War. Initially, many in the South refused to participate in the observance because of the long-enduring hostility toward the Union.
Today, of course, Memorial Day goes far beyond the Great War of the States, and is meant to honor all those men and women from all parts of the nation who died while serving in the United States military.
MANY FLY THE AMERICAN FLAG ON THIS HOLIDAY. YOU MIGHT WANT TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE FLAG, TOO, WITH PRODUCTS LIKE THESE:
- 6″ X 8″ flag on a stick. Buy a gang of them and put them around the backyard as you fire up the barb-y!
- American flag men’s ties in silk-feel polyester. Wrinkle resistant. Look great while making a patriotic statement.
More than Just Military
UNFORTUNATELY, THERE HAS NEVER REALLY BEEN an American generation that has not had its own war or wars, and its own war dead. Memorial Day touches everyone. Many also visit cemeteries and memorials all around the nation in memory of deceased family members, too, not necessarily only those who have served in the armed forces.
Even though the basic concept behind Memorial Day is very serious, it has also been lightened by the fact that it is the first major holiday leading into the long summer months of national holidays, family get-togethers and fun. So it is a day of mixed sentiment.
On one hand, it is a day when television cameras from stations all across the country focus on the President as he puts the traditional wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Soldier, a moving and sad memorial in every way.
Happy Times, Serious Memories
BUT IT IS ALSO A DAY FILLED with images of children frolicking in the ocean for the first time this season, a day when families get together, barbecues are fired up, and everybody looks to have a good time. This is not a day for unstoppable tears, and rightly so. It is very much dedicated to life and living.
In South Carolina, a Confederate Memorial Day is observed, as it is in a number of other Southern states. This year, the S.C. holiday was observed on May 11th. According to the Web’s Wikipedia, it marks the death of Confederate Commander Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and the capture of the Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
—So, this is another day of sad remembrances and national recognition of just how tragic the Civil War was for us all.
An interesting thing about this holiday is that fashion bends to it. People wear red, white, and blue proudly. Many express their spiritual responses to the Holiday by wearing crosses and other religious symbols. We sing war songs, like “Over There.” We remember Normandy and forget for a while that we’re mad at the French. In its own strange way, Memorial Day brings us all together.
HERE ARE SOME TERRIFIC PRODUCTS FOR MEMORIAL DAY AND STRAIGHT THROUGH THE SUMMER:
- Religious pendants. Quality craftsmanship in a variety of Christian and other spiritual themes. Inspiring for Memorial Day and straight through the summer.
- Americana stretch bracelet in patriotic red/white/and blue seed beads. Great for Memorial Day, for sailing, for any and all fun activities this season.