S. 70, A bill to restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day, and for other purposes (4 comments ↓)

S. 70 would restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day.

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Happy Memorial Day - Five Days Early

Memorial Day hasn’t always fallen on a Monday. In the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90-363), Congress changed it from May 30 each year - the anniversary of the original Decoration Day in 1868 - to the last Monday in May. Some argue that this...

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Tomorrow is a day for remembering America’s veterans. As we noted last year, Memorial Day hasn’t always fallen on a Monday. In the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90-363), Congress changed it from May 30 each year – the anniversary of the or...

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Bob Sawyer

June 1, 2010, 10:53am (report abuse)

I am in favor i=of this Bill. For rar too many year's the American Public has seen 'Memorial Day as just a 3 Day weekend' to go to the lake or have back-yard bbq's and have totally forgotten the true meaning and Spirit of MEMORIAL DAY..it's time for America to remember this day as well as other important days ..such as 4th of july , Veterans Day.. and Others as well .. America has been taught to FORGET IT's HISTORY and How it Came to BE !... Given the Chance by Liberal Teacher's and Libera; Congress soon America will soon forget that we are .."AMERICAN" !

Veteran's like myself arent willing to allow that to happen ..


Bob Sawyer


June 1, 2010, 3:59pm (report abuse)

I'm totally against any bill that would set Memorial Day on a fixed date regardless of the day of week that it falls on. Until it was set on a Monday, the day went by unnoticed, because for most people, it was just another day. Had it not become a Monday holiday, it would not have become a holiday in factories, states, schools etc that it has, & if you haven't noticed the American flag at those picnics, bbq's etc, what planet have you been on in the past 30 years? Quite likely, these evente would not be happening, nor would Memorial Day have the recognition that it has & deserves had it not been made a Monday holiday. I hope that there are enough folks in Congress that realize what a terrible move it would be to change Memorial Day from what it is right now, a day to honor & respect those that gave their lives in protecting our freedom that comes on the last Monday in May, rather than May 30th, just another day at the office.


June 3, 2010, 3:48pm (report abuse)

From what I see, S70 is not likely to be voted on any time soon, & it would appear that it is not likely to ever pass. Mr Sawyer, I wish to emphasize that I appreciate your service, but that doesn't mean that you can't have a bad idea, but it can be proven by historical facts that changing Memorial Day from it's established last Monday in May is a terrible day. The 1971 Uniform Holiday Act also set Veterans Day to the 4th Monday in October, which clearly wasn't the best choice, because this never coincides with November 11, which can be the 2nd Monday in November, which probably would have been a better choice. Concequently, it returned to Nonember 11 in 1978. Since then, there has been a trend away from businesses & schools being closed on Veterans Day. This would likely happen if the May 30th fixed date is restored. I have all the respect for those that were killed in service to uor country, & I wouldn't want Memorial Day to return to the obscure day of May 30 that it once was.


June 3, 2010, 7:54pm (report abuse)

I did some research, & found a calendar for May 1868. General Logan's General Order #11 of May 5 was on a Tuesday. This order proclaimad Decoration Day, a day of remembrance for those who died in our nation's service as May 30, 1868. May 30, 1868 was a Saturday. A copy of this order is on the web at http:/www.usmemorialday.org/order11.html I've looked at this order, & nowhere does it mention any date for any future observances. This means that there could be as much of a reason to change it to the last Saturday in May as a fixed May 30. I'm certain that General Logan had a calendar & was well aware of what day of the week May 30 was on, & could have chosen a Saturday to make it easier to observe than it would have been to have it in the middle of the week. From this, it would appear that there is nothing wrong with leaving it the way it is from a historical standpoint, & no matter what day it is, we shoul all be aware of what the day is all about.

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