Did you know that each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 pm local time?
Memorial Day officially became a U.S. national holiday in 1971 and was designated to be observed on the last Monday in May annually. This day is dedicated to honor and remember the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. The extra-long weekend also happens to be one of the most traveled holiday weekends of the year and is dubbed the unofficial start of summer!
After our record setting winter temperatures this year, Americans across the U.S. are gearing up for Memorial weekend travel! AAA and business analyst firm HIS predict that over 36 million people plan on traveling more than 50 miles from their homes this Memorial Day.
Here in Chicago–home to Percipia’s headquarters–the Memorial Day parade is one of the largest parades in the country and kicks off the holiday weekend Saturday, May 24th. There is a wreath laying ceremony at 11:00 am at Daley Plaza with the parade to follow at 12:00 pm.
This year, the parade’s Grand Marshall is Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth, congresswoman for Illinois 8th district in the House of Representatives. Tammy Duckworth served as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot during the Iraq war and continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard. For more information about Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade please visit cityofchicago.org.
Whether you are staying in town for the holiday or hitting the road for the weekend we want to wish everyone safe travels and a great Memorial Day!