Remembering Why We Have The Opportunity To Celebrate This Memorial Day
Often enough the true meaning of Memorial Day gets lost in retail sales, backyard BBQs, and the unofficial beginning of summer. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who gave their lives for our freedom. It is a day of reflection. Debates still continue as to whether or not sales and BBQs are discourteous to the sanctity of the holiday. Let us remember that it will be a more meaningful celebration if we understand why we have the opportunity to celebrate.
“May the light of freedom, coming to all darkened lands, flame brightly until at last the darkness is no more. May the turbulence of our age yield to a true time of peace, when men and nations share a life that honors the dignity of each, the brotherhood of all.” - President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Three years after the Civil War ended, Decoration Day was declared. It was a day to remember the fallen soldiers of the war, to be observed on May 30th. By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day was officially observed. Gatherings remembering Civil War soldiers were held across the nation. It wasn’t until after World War I that Memorial Day remembered all American soldiers, not just those that perished in the Civil War. In 1971 Congress passed into law that Memorial Day become a federal holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May. In some areas, it is still referred to as Decoration Day.
“If our country is worth dying for in a time of war, let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.” - Hamilton Fish
Today we celebrate our fallen brethren with dedication ceremonies - placing flags on graves, parades, memorial concerts, and moments of silence. We observe and are thankful that we have the liberties we have because of those slain in war. And we laud those liberties. We do so by celebrating our heritage and thriftiness. After all, thriftiness has become embedded into the American identity.
Get patriotic this Memorial Day. Deck yourself out in red, white, and blue. Paint your nails with American flags, adorn your eyelids with stars and stripes! However you choose to celebrate, remember and live. We’ve found a lot of great looks on Pinterest that are inspirational. Be sure to check our Patriotic Makeup and Nails Inspo Board. All looks can be achieved by shopping our online store! Get creative and have fun.
This Memorial Day we are celebrating American resourcefulness with a special sale. From May 27th through May 30th, we are offering 30% off site-wide when you spend $30.00 or more, plus free US shipping. Stock up on high quality cosmetics at already insanely affordable prices. Get that nail polish, and eye and lip makeup to celebrate your patriotism (don’t forget, July 4th and Veteran’s Day!).
Thank you to our fallen brothers and sisters. Your sacrifice means more than words can express. And thank you to our current active military personnal. You keep us safe.
Stay beautiful, friends.
“And I’m proud to be an American,
Where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
Who gave that right to me.”
- Skin Care