The end of May is not just the unofficial beginning of summer. It’s a time when we mourn the fallen soldiers who died in battle.
On Memorial Day, most of us spend the day having barbecue at home, going to the beach with family and friends or watching a patriotic movie. But do we really know the history of Memorial Day?
So when was Memorial Day first celebrated?
Memorial Day used to be celebrated on May 30 from 1868 to 1970. But recently, it has been observed on the last Monday of May. This year, it’ll be on the 31st.
Deemed as a federal holiday in the US, Memorial Day is a time where members of the military who passed away are honored. This is not to be confused with Veteran’s Day which falls on November 11. For Memorial Day, we mourn those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces while Veteran’s Day honors everyone who served in the army regardless if they served during wartime or not.
With this, here are a few colors that would inspire you to create your own Memorial Day-themed jewelry.
This is a color that speaks of intelligence and responsibility. Tranquil and calming, blue can also represent bravery and loyalty which definitely what Memorial Day is celebrated for —the bravery of the fallen soldiers. Incorporate this to your jewelry creations and you’ll have a jewelry that has a beachy vibe but is still appropriate for the holiday.
Red signifies passion, love, danger, and adventure. Red means you’re telling the world that you’re ready to take on whatever life throws at you. It is also the color of fire and blood — two of life’s primal forces. Again, this is another suitable color for Memorial Day as it speaks of the power of blood– laying down your life for the country.
White is often associated with morality, freedom, peace, and calm. It can also mean mourning which is very fitting for Memorial Day as we mourn and honor the deaths of those who have given us our freedom. If you want a casual and breezy look to your jewelry that also signifies the importance of Memorial Day, white is the color for you.
We hope the colors above will inspire you to commemorate our heroes. As much as it’s exciting to wear a Memorial Day-themed jewelry to celebrate the holiday, it’s also great if you can give these trinkets as gifts. If you have a friend whose family member has served the country, your handmade jewelry is the perfect gift for them. Also, take time to leave flowers on grave sites or donate to related causes. Remember it’s not just about beach trips or barbecues — we remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.