Genealogical Society

Judie Lees

Hope all our members are doing well and have escaped the dreaded virus.  Our next meeting will be the 2nd Wednesday of November at 1 pm in the Activity Center.  

The month of May brings us Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.  I did a little “digging” and found some interesting facts about both.

Ann Jarvis is credited with founding Mother’s Day in the United States in 1908 and it became a national holiday in 1914, after President Woodrow Wilson declared the 2nd Sunday in May for the celebration.  This day was for children to honor their Mothers and Grandmothers.  The traditional flower is the white carnation.  I found this interesting—this year Mother’s Day spending will top $23 BILLION, according to the National  Retail Federation. Americans will spend an average of $186.39 on Mom this year.  77% will send cards, making Mother’s Day the third most popular card-sending day after Christmas and Valentine’s Day. 69% will send flowers and 36% plan to buy Mom jewelry.  The National Restaurant Association, meanwhile, report Mother’s Day is the most popular holiday of the entire year to dine out, with nearly half of all American’s hitting a restaurant although that statistic may not hold true this year.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering, honoring, and mourning the members of our military who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is now observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day having been observed on May 30th from 1868 to 1970.

The day was originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War.  Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.  Unofficially, it marks the beginning of summer.

Have a great summer see you in the fall!