When many of us think of Memorial Day, we often think of days off from school and work and the beginning of summer. Several Americans will be celebrating this weekend with family barbecues, picnics, pool parties, and all other kinds of fun in the sun.

But have you ever thought about the historical significance of Memorial Day? About why it is that we celebrate this holiday?

As you enjoy your day off, basking in the sunrays, why not take a few moments to reflect on the meaning behind this holiday?

Memorial Day honors Americans who died serving in the US military. The holiday originated in the years following the Civil War, which had claimed more lives than any other conflict in US history. This prompted the establishment of the first national cemeteries in the US. By the late 1860s, Americans started holding springtime tributes, decorating the graves of the fallen soldiers with flowers.

In 1966, the US government declared Waterloo, New York the birthplace of Memorial Day because the city hosted an annual community-wide event during which businesses closed and residents decorated soldiers’ graves with flowers and flags. Memorial Day officially became a federal holiday in 1971.

Each year on Memorial Day, a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 pm local time.

In addition to our fallen soldiers, Blackfox is also grateful to our living veterans for their service to our country.

The Blackfox Training Institute is approved for the training of veterans and eligible persons under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code, and is recognized by the State of Colorado as an Approved Private Occupational School. These credentials qualify Blackfox as an approved technical training center for eligible veterans wanting to use their GI Bill for education benefits.

This is the first program of its kind to provide veterans with little to no industry experience with the skills to grow their careers in the electronic assembly industry. Upon completion of the course, veterans can qualify for employment in aerospace, defense, medical, and electronic contract manufacturing.

Receive your trade school certificate and watch your career blossom. Learn more about the Veteran’s Training Program today. Click here to register for the next training session.

All of us at Blackfox wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!