Many spend their Memorial Day in somber remembrance, with demonstrations and grave decoration ceremonies all across the country. Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday first took place after the Civil War as a day to remember those who had died on both sides. Given the more than 600,000 soldiers that died in that war – nearly equivalent to all other US wars combined – the act of burying and honoring the dead was a tall task. There is some question as to when the holiday began (May 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC is often noted as the First Decoration Day), but by 1870 it was occurring on a large scale all across the country. As the US spent a good chunk of the 20th century at war, Memorial Day grew to honor all those lost in service and in 1968, as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, the day was moved from May 30th to the last Monday in the month. We hope you all enjoy your holiday weekend and encourage you to take a moment to remember those who have given their lives in the noblest of causes.
That said, Memorial Day has also come to mark the unofficial beginning of Summer, where especially in the northern part of the country people break from Winter hibernation and turn their focus to warmer pursuits such as barbecues, sundresses, and anything involving bodies of water. A day for enjoying the company of family and friends, Memorial Day holds a special place in American culture as it truly does kick off Summer festivities. We not only feel winter’s bitterness give way to summer warmth, but also visually experience the dawn of new foliage, the melting away of snow and slush, and of course jackets, jeans, and hoodies giving way to shorts, tan tops, and sandals – inspiring the masses to capture summer’s beauty with pictures of selves, friends, and family enjoying said aesthetic. With this in mind, we at the Lime figured it was finally time to join the Instagram movement and thus invite you all to follow @jplime to share your Memorial Day Weekend photos with us, using the hashtag #Summer1. Enjoy the weekend folks and be sure to share those #Summer1 pics on Instagram. Lime on!