Celebrating Memorial Day 2017

Since many people who read this blog do not live in the United States, I wanted to give today’s post a brief introduction:

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May and until 1882 it was known as Decoration Day.

The holiday started after the Civil War as a way to commemorate fallen Union soldiers. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died in all wars.

On Memorial Day the flag is raised to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to half-staff position, where it remains until noon. It is then raised to full-staff. On June 28, 1968,  Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a three-day weekend.

The above image was made with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II N and EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens with an exposure of 1/80 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 800.

 

Author: Joe Farace

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