In spite of our many differences, Americans overall are pretty patriotic. In fact, based upon the results of one part of the World Values Survey, patriotism level among Americans is among the top 3 ranking countries in the world. You can see this patriotism evident in our holidays throughout the year.
Memorial Day, originally May 30th, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. It was originally designed to honor fallen soldiers of the Civil War; therefore the southern states didn’t get on board with the holiday until after WWI when it became dedicated to the fallen in all wars.
Flag Day is a more obscure holiday. Most folks carry with them a vague recollection of toting little stiff flags home from school every year, but beyond that, more pertinent details remain dim. Begun in 1885 by a school teacher in Fredonia, Wisconsin, Flag Day marks the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. Truman signed an act of Congress in 1949 designating June 14th as the official day of recognition.
Veterans Day is sometimes confused in function with Memorial Day. But the crucial difference here is that Veterans Day honors all those, living or dead, who have honorable service in the finest military on earth. Celebrated on November 11th, it was originally call Armistice Day until the end of WWI.
The most important and undoubtedly the loudest of our national holidays is Independence Day, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1777. It took those signers a great deal of courage, costing some of them their fortunes and even their lives. We pay homage to those heroes who started it all with tumultuous revelry and colorful fireworks.
WH Candy offers a variety of fine patriotic favors sporting the proud colors of “Old Glory” in grand fashion. But we don’t stop at national holidays! We offer red, white and blue birth announcements, graduation favors and more, giving Americans ample opportunity for flag waving in uniquely chocolate ways!