Memorial Day: 7 Things You Didn’t Know

Memorial Day

While you’re busy making your Memorial Day Weekend plans, remember it’s not only about sunshine and cookouts. In it’s day of remembrance next week (Monday, May 25th), Memorial Day has some little-known facts presented here by TIME about the summer’s kick-off holiday:

1. It was originally called Decoration Day

To honor the deceased, soldiers would decorate graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags and wreaths. Hence Decoration Day. Although Memorial Day became its 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, commander 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 Monday Holiday Act, which took effect in 1971, Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday of May to ensure long weekends. Some groups, like the veterans’ organization American Legion, have been working to restore the original date to set the day apart and pay proper tribute to the servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives defending the nation.

3. It’s legally required to observe a National Moment of Remembrance

In December 2000, Congress passed a law requiring Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen. But this doesn’t appear to be common knowledge, or if it is, by 3 p.m. most people seem to be too deep into a hot dog-induced food coma to officially observe the moment.

4. James A. Garfield delivered a rather lengthy speech at the first Memorial Day ceremony

Of course then it was still called Decoration Day, and at the time, Garfield was a Civil War General and Republican Congressman, not yet a President. On May 30, 1868, he addressed the several thousand people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery. “If silence is ever golden,” Garfield 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. Several states observe Confederate Memorial Day

In addition to the national holiday, nine states officially set aside a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War: Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia. The days vary, but only Virginia observes Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday of May, in accordance with the federal observance of Memorial Day.

6. Waterloo, New York is considered the birthplace of Memorial Day

According to the town’s website, in 1966 Congress unanimously passed a resolution to officially recognize Waterloo as the birthplace of the holiday. However, it remains a contentious debate, with other towns, like Boalsburg, Pa., claiming the title of “Birthplace of Memorial Day” as well.

7. More than 36 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day

At least, according to AAA estimates. That’s the highest total since the recession

Source: Time


Organic Farm at The Mill

Organic Farm at The Mill

We have a Certified Organic Farm at Manchester Wood run by Fresh Take Farm this season. Producing fresh vegetables for our employees and local customers.

For the last two years we’ve had local farms work and produce crop on about 10 acres of our backyard. The result has brought not only more land for local farms to provide organic food to local customers, but also to us(!) during the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons! Yay!! :-) The Kilpatrick Family Farm got us started these last couple years, but now they’ve passed it over to Fresh Take Farm. They’re also based in Granville, New York, offering quality produce through farmers markets, CSA, wholesale, and fine restaurants.

It’s a fun time of year to be at Manchester Wood! We’re busy making saw dust creating your furniture (which also goes to local farms for animal bedding). And with produce going on in the back to eat, life is great! :-)

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What Quality Furniture Means

Quality Furniture Manchester Wood

Providing Quality Furniture at reasonable prices has been Manchester Wood’s honest mission for nearly 40 years.

Quality furniture isn’t so much about where it’s made… it’s how. Yes, 100% of our furniture is American made (and we’re very proud of that). Yet, we believe it’s the process of sourcing quality local hardwood materials and timeless design that has kept customers coming back for 39 years. Quality furniture at reasonable prices that sits between the inspirational small custom American furniture makers, and the mass “down-and-dirty priced” box stores. Because like Henry Ford, and the early pioneers of American manufacturing and commerce, we believe everyone deserves quality products that last a lifetime.

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