Memorial Day 2014

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Memorial Day is observed as a U.S. federal holiday on the last Monday of May.

It is a day where members of the United States Armed Forces are remembered and honored for their service and ultimately giving their life for our freedoms. Memorial Day is considered one of the most solemn American holidays and also promotes nationwide patriotism. It was formally known as Decoration Day and began shortly after the American Civil War to commemorate the Confederate and Union soldiers that died in the American Civil War. The establishment of a public holiday was meant to unify the country.

memorial dayDuring the Memorial Day weekend, many families visit war memorials and military cemeteries to honor the dead veterans, especially if they include immediate family members. At Washington D.C.’s Arlington Cemetery, members of the U.S. Army and volunteers place small United States flags at exactly the same spot at each tombstone. The nationwide display of patriotism is touching and awe inspiring. Also, many major cities will host a Memorial Day parade and a fireworks show. Whether you attend a barbecue, spend the day at the beach or enjoy a day off from work we hope you take a moment to say thank you to a veteran for the service they provided.

A special message for our amazing Host Companies: We hope you take a moment to share the importance of this federal holiday with your international participants. You can use this opportunity to promote ways your organization or local community might recognize and honor this day.

In addition, a special message for our participants: We understand that as employees in the hospitality industry you will more than likely be working and providing customer service on this weekend, but we hope you have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about this special American holiday. This weekend traditionally kicks off the summer vacation season, which lasts till the first Monday in September, which is Labor Day.

From AAG Team to yours we hope you have a very safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend.

Learn More About Memorial Day: The History of Memorial Day

Top Five Must Do’s

1. 25th National Memorial Day Concert – Washington DC

  • Location: West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
  • Date & Time: Sunday, May 25th from 8:00 to 9:30 pm EST
  • Admission: Free
  • For More Information: Memorial Day Concert

2. Memorial Walk Tour – New York City

  • Location: 59th Street at Central Park West
  • Date & Time: Monday, May 26th from 12:00 – 2:00pm EST
  • Admission: Free
  • For More information: Memorial Walk

3. Fireworks & Fountains – Philadelphia

  • Location: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
  • Date & Time: Saturday, May 24th starting at 9:15 pm EST
  • Admission: $38.00 per person
  • For more Information: Fireworks and Fountains

4. Memorial Day Parade – Chicago

  • Location: Begins at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza
  • Date: Saturday, May 24th begins at 12:00 pm
  • Admission: Free
  • For more Information: Memorial Day Parade Chicago

5. Visit A Beach – Nationwide

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Wishing you a pleasant Memorial Day Weekend as we all take a moment to celebrate and remember our nation’s heroes.

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