Ensuring Safe and Clean Water for Iowans
This weekend we will celebrate Memorial Day where we’ll remember those that have lost their lives fighting for and protecting the freedoms that we hold dear. I hope that you’ll join me in taking a moment this weekend to remember the service and sacrifices that our men and women in uniform make in order to keep us safe.
Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was an informal holiday celebrated in the springtime by various cities, towns, and communities shortly after the American Civil War ended. The day of remembrance was created to honor the men and women who died serving in the armed forces. By 1890, all of the northern states had made Decoration Day an official state holiday, while southern states remembered their fallen soldiers in a similar fashion on a different day of the year. Eventually Congress officially recognized Memorial Day as a federal holiday in 1968, with the first Memorial Day occurring in 1971. Read more »