Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is celebrated the last Monday of every May to honor fallen soldiers who have given their lives to defend our American Freedoms.

Memorial Day was first proclaimed on May 5th 1868 by General Logan where flowers were placed on the graves of the Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1915, Moina Michael began wearing the red poppies to honor those who have died in war responding with a poem that we feel says it all.

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

Many have forgotten what the day truly means and have become distracted by the three day weekend, leaving many grave sites neglected and ignored. To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the National Moment of Remembrances Resolution was passed December 2000, which asks that, at 3:00pm local time, all Americans voluntarily observe a moment of respect and silence.

FasturtleĀ® honors, respects and holds a moment of silence for our fallen heroes.

Thank you for everything you have done and the freedom we enjoy today.