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The Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas team thanks and honors the military men and women who died fighting for our freedoms. This Memorial Day, we encourage you to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice these military members made to protect the rights we so often take for granted.

A Brief History on Memorial Day

United States citizens commemorated the countless military lives lost following the Civil War’s end in the spring of 1865, but Memorial Day was not declared a federal holiday until 1971. Before that time, families and friends of fallen soldiers gathered each spring on “Decoration Day” to remember their fallen loved ones, adorning their graves with flowers and American flags.

Prior to its official status, Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30. Then, the same year it was deemed a federal holiday, Congress made Memorial Day the last Monday in May so that federal employees could spend time honoring our military heroes.

Since then, communities across the country have held parades and other celebrations to show gratitude toward the fallen soldiers. Various veterans organizations and active military personnel are often involved, as well. Additionally, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summer season, so many gather together to celebrate with barbecues, pool parties, and more.

Honoring the Sacrifice

Our team of attorneys gives the utmost thankfulness to all our military members. Without their sacrifice protecting the rights we hold dear, we wouldn’t be able to uphold justice in the legal system. To learn more about what we do and our commitment to the clients we serve, click the link below or contact us today.

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