Hey everyone! Yesterday there was no class because of the celebration of the Memorial Day, which is always the last Monday of May. I'm still a bit lost with the national holidays in the US, because they usually don't match the ones back home. Even Mother's Day is on a different date in Spain. It is always nice to learn about the celebrations Americans have and to understand why I have a free day. For those who are in the same situation, let me sum up what I've found about the memorial day.
What is it? The website http://www.usmemorialday.org says that "Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service." There's an interesting article about it in the same website, you can check it here.
The Memorial Day was everywhere in the media. I checked the channel of the popular Youtuber, Philip de Franco, who talked about it. Philip brought some controversial issues that happen in the country regarding how the government takes care of the soldiers that I hadn't heard about. Check this episode here, he talks about it in the first minutes:
Besides the controversies that I can't talk about because I don't have enough knowledge about it, he and all the people speaking about it, made me think how grateful Americans are to the soldiers. I know that, in general, people in my country don't care that much about anything that has to do with military things. However, this day here is very big.
After knowing how important the day is for this country, I wondered what people do to celebrate it. I looked for it in Answers.com and found that statement: "On Memorial Day, many Americans gather with friends and family for barbecues, get-togethers or local parades. Some display their American flag outside their home or car, especially for the day and visit graves of deceased relatives." Moreover, there were a lot of things going on in the city. Heather Cross wrote an article about the day in the travel guide "About.com" pointing out the main events that happen every year in New York:
Memorial Day Events in New York City
- Fleet Week has a variety of events over the Memorial Day weekend.
- The NY Philharmonic will play a free concert at St. John the Divine at 8 p.m. Free Memorial Day Concert Details.
- Intrepid Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SummerStage in Central Park
- Memorial Day Parade from 12 to 2 p.m. at Broadway and Dyckman, in Manhattan
I hope you all enjoyed the extra weekend day! See you soon and good luck with week 9!