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Memorial Day in US and Challenge Coins

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Memorial Day is a special day which took place every year in honor of Union soldiers, who died during the American civil war. This day is notable for all because on this day,  those people who died in war or military actions or tasks are being honored (men and women).

This day is also called Decoration Day; this name was given to this day after World War 2. In the past,  this particular day was being held on 30 May of every year. But in 1968 a bill named Uniform Holidays Bill got passed, in which it was said that federal holidays move to three-day weekends. According to this bill the Memorial Day had to be held on the last Monday of May every year.

memorial day coinsSo the Memorial Day is in fact a federal day all offices, schools, business and all other working activities of life are closed on this day. Moreover, public transports also do not run on this particular day. On this day,  many people go to cemeteries and memorials too as to honor their loved ones and show how much they respect them.

On Memorial Day,  the flag of United State stays half mast till noon as it is the tradition. Many people put flags on the graves of the national heroes, to show honor to them, and this is done on the voluntarily bases. By the passage of time this Memorial Day has become less of a memorial day, it’s more like a holiday or day to go for a picnic, or get together. Traditionally this day is being seen as an event shows the start of the summer season and other cultural events too. It is the tradition of the day that people have to wear white clothing, shoes as for the day. But as time pass by people don’t follow this tradition now. But the tradition of parades still follows in different cites of US. The largest parade takes place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

Memorial Day and challenge coins have associated with each other. As the Memorial Day is held to honor and regard those who die for the betterment of the country, and challenge coins are the honoring sign for those who worked well and achieve them. These challenge coins are benchmarks of different organizations. The concept of challenge coins stared from the World War 1. These coins show that a history of the achievements of a person. These coins exist in a society with different shapes, themes, designs colors and made of different materials.

Custom Memorial CoinsThere are a different challenge coins in the US which are given to those who are honored in their particular field. Such as; D-Day Memorial: It is made to the honoring World War 2 veterans. War Kids Relief: A cause worked for the relief of the kids who were found in war, so, this coin came into existence.

Some other names of famous coins are, “Tribute to a Navy Seal Neil Roberts”, “Karno Kids/Dean Karnazes”, “Fallen Heroes Memorial coins”. There are so many more challenge coins used by different organizations. So, Memorial Day in US and challenge coins have close affiliation as both have an association with the honor of national heroes.