Association Offices Closed on Monday, May 27th in Observance of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for everyone who has died serving in the American armed forces. The holiday, originally known as Decoration Day, started after the Civil War when soldiers would decorate graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags and wreaths.

Although Memorial Day became its official title in the 1880s, it wasn’t until after World War II that the holiday gained a strong following and national identity. It became legally known as Memorial Day in 1967.

After the Civil War, General John A. Logan, commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, called for a holiday commemorating fallen soldiers to be observed every May 30. But due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which took effect in 1971, Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday of May to ensure long weekends. This year it falls on Monday, May 27.

Many locations hold memorial ceremonies and services throughout the weekend prior to the holiday; however, in December 2000 Congress passed a law requiring Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen.

Association offices will be closed on Monday, May 27th, as we honor the servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives defending the nation, and there will be no publication of the Daily CU Scan. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28th, including publication of the Daily CU Scan.