DIY Weekly Roundup 5/9/16 – Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?

We must not forget…

Remembering our fallen heroes.  They are the reason that we are free.

This week we are going to honor all the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military by making special soaps in colorful colors of red, white and blue!

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Do You Know When Memorial Day Became a National Holiday?

Memorial Day, also known as Decoration Day, was created after the American Civil War to honor soldiers who had died in the war. Waterloo, New York was the first town to officially observe Memorial Day, celebrating it first on May 5, 1866 and each year thereafter. General John A. Logan, the commander in chief of the veteran’s organization Grand Army of the Republic, issued a proclamation on May 5, 1868 that “Declaration Day” be observed as a national day, so the first Declaration Day was observed on May 30, 1868 nationwide. This date was not the anniversary of a day war statute

According to the history, Memorial Day was really created in 1865 by liberated slaves in Charleston at the site of a former Confederate prison camp. At the camp was a mass grave for Union soldiers who had died in captivity. Despite uncertain times right after the Civil War, the freed slaves re-entered the Union soldiers in individual graves in a fenced graveyard with arched entryway. On May 30, 1868, the freed slaves returned to the graves and decorated them with flowers, like others across the nation celebrating “Decoration Day.”

The name “Memorial Day” was not used until 1882, and was not declared the official holiday name until 1967. The date was moved from traditional May 30th date to last Monday in May in 1971 to ensure a convenient three-day weekend.

Do You Know Why We Celebrate Memorial Day?celebrating memorial day

After World War I, Memorial Day was expanded to commemorate all U.S. men and women who have died in any war or military action. Memorial Day is a way to remember their great service to the country. Many police and fire department also honor men and women who have died in service on Memorial Day. Memorial services are held for fallen soldiers at churches and community centers, graves are visited and decorated with flowers and many towns hold parades. Volunteers place American flags at each grave site at the National Cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance is held at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

Interesting Memorial Day Trivia

  • On Memorial Day, the American flag should be flown at half-staff until noon and then raised to the top.
  • Red Poppies are the official flower of Memorial Day.
  • Many states in the South refused to observe Decoration Day, as Memorial Day was then called, until after World War I when the meaning of the holiday changed to include all wars or military action.
  • New York was the first state to officially recognize Memorial Day.
  • Taps is often played on a trumpet in Memorial Day ceremonies.

(Resources: Wikipedia and

Be Creative!memorial day hand made with love

Now you are ready to create colorful red, white and blue soap bars. Pay tribute to Memorial Day by sharing with friends and family.  Support the true meaning of Memorial Day!

As a quick reference check out our Crafting Library for some great soap making ideas and recipes!

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And don’t forget…

No matter what DIY soap, lotions, bath and body crafts you are working on don’t forget…

Packaging and presentation is everything!!containers and packaging

The whole idea is to take existing creations like these and make them your own by being creative and using your crafting skills!  Thank you again for joining us! Enjoy and have fun!

The Chemistry Store Team