Where you come from, where you call home – your roots – are a part of who you are. Welcome to the Live Like a Local series that will explore the roots of our hometown in Southern Orange County. We’re dedicating this throwback to remembering generations of soldiers who gave their lives for their nation’s freedom.
We welcome you to explore with us, as we experience the beautiful histories and homes created in our own backyard. Whether it be San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, or a surrounding coastal community, it is always a great day in Orange County! It’s that time again to throw it back to our beginnings.
History of Memorial Day
Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.
For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
Memorial Day Traditions
Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.
Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.
Take a look at the holiday marking the official beginning of summer and America’s most solemn occasion.
Orange County Events
Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon
24155 Laguna Hills Mall
Laguna Hills, California 92653
Date: May 27, 2019
Bella Collina San Clemente
200 Avenida La Pata
San Clemente, California 92673
Date: May 27, 2019, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Memorial Weekend Golf Event
Monarch Beach Golf Links
50 Monarch Beach Resort North
Dana Point, California 92629
Date: May 26, 2019, 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm
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