Let’s hear it for May. The fifth month is not just another pretty face – it also offers up some solid holiday clout. May is a month that’s really worth chatting about.
Silver Star Service Banner Day – Silver Star Service Banner Day honors service members awarded the Silver Star. This medal is given to those who showed distinguished valor in combat. It’s the 3rd-highest decoration in the United States Armed Forces.
May Day – May Day originated in medieval Europe to pay tribute to the return of spring. Festivals celebrate the fertility of future crops, livestock, and people.
Cinco de Mayo – Cinco de Mayo marks Mexico’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Pueblo in 1862. The Mexican Troops were led by General Ignacio Zaragoza.
Mother’s Day – In 1915, President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother’s Day an annual national observance. According to its founder, Anna Jarvis, the day is “to honor the best mother who lever lived – yours.” Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.
Memorial Day – Each Memorial Day, Americans honor and mourn the men and women military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Small American flags are placed on each grave in Arlington Cemetery, and a customary wreath will be placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Memorial Day is commemorated on the last Monday in May.