Cullman Senior Magazine Summer 2019 - Page 6

Summer Holidays! The Summer months play host to a variety of fun and historical holidays! I am sure there are many ‘fun’ facts about upcoming holidays including Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, D-Day, and July 4th that you might not even realize! Cinco De Mayo (May 5th) Cinco De Mayo is almost here! In anticipating of the big day, we thought it would be fun to share 5 interesting facts about Cinco de Mayo that you may not know. 1. Cinco De Mayo is Not Mexican Independence Day. Mexican Indepen- dence is celebrated every year on Sept. 16. That date commemorates when Father Miguel Hidalgoy Costilla called the people of Mexico to rise up against Spanish rule in 1810, 52 years before the event that Cinco de Mayo celebrates took place. 2. Not a federal holiday in Mexico: Cinco de Mayo is not a federal holiday in Mexico and is a relatively minor holiday outside of Puebla, Veracruz and the United States. In Puebla and Veracruz, however, Cinco de Mayo is a very important state holiday celebrated with parades, festivals and reenact- ments. By Kelly Wheeler Sources: factmonster.com, timeanddate.com Cinco De Mayo 3. Abraham Lincoln sym- pathized with the Mexican cause but….Abraham Lincoln sympathized with the Mexican cause during the French occupation but was unable to lend direct support to the nation due to the U.S. Civil War, the end U.S. forced France to withdraw its troops from Mexico and their empire collapsed. 4. The world’s largest Cinco de Mayo party is held in…. Los Angeles, California! Memorial Day Monday May, 27th Memorial Day isn’t just an excuse to take a long weekend and loaf around eating grilled meats—although those are certainly among the reasons to love the holiday. Let’s take a look at some facts about Memorial day, everybody’s favorite summer kick-off holiday. 1. It was originally called Decoration Day: To honor the deceased, sol- diers would decorate graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags and wreaths. Hence Decoration Day. Although Memorial Day became its 6 | SUMMER 2019 Other U.S. cities that throw big celebrations for Cinco De Mayo are Den- ver, New York, Phoenix and Houston. 5. Roosevelt helped pop- ularize Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. Cinco de Mayo became a popular holiday in the U.S. after President Frank- lin Roosevelt enacted the “Good Neighbor Policy” in 1933 to improve rela- tions with Latin American countries. official title in the 1880s, the holiday wouldn’t legally become Memorial Day until 1967. 2. It wasn’t always celebrated the last Monday of May: After the Civil War, General John A. Logan, com- mander in chief of the grand Army of the Republic, called for a holiday commemorating fallen soldiers to be observed every May 30. But due to the Uniform Hliday Act, which took effect in 1971, Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday of May to ensure long weekends. 3. It’s legally required to observe a National Moment of Remember- ance: In December 2000, Congress CULLMAN COUNTY SENIOR MAGAZINE passed a law requiring Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen. 4. On May 30th, 1868, James A. Garfield addressed the several thou- sand people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery. “If silence is ever golden,” he said, “it must be beside the graves of 15,000 men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem the music of which can never be sung.” 5. Waterloo, New York is considered the birthplace of Memorial Day.