It began as Decoration Day when women in the South decorated the graves of their American Civil War dead with flowers and flags. Observance of the day was first proclaimed by the nation’s largest veterans organization, and first observed on May 30, 1868. Flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery, and the day was renamed Memorial Day. Laurel Hill Cemetery was the site in 1868 of the first Memorial Day observance in Philadelphia. Regardless of the name, this holiday honors all members of our armed services who died at war.
My husband and several family members are diabetics, and I’m mindful of their health challenges when preparing holiday meals. Holiday celebrations are all about food, and this can be a very challenging time for individuals dealing with diabetes. Holiday stress and bountiful food can lead to impulse eating and risky blood-sugar levels.