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Remembering the MeaningDuring the extended holiday MarineMax encourages everyone to remember the reason for the extra day is to remember and honor all the men and women who gave the greatest sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day.
The holiday that we now celebrate on the last day of May was originally Decoration Day. In 1868, following the cessation of the American Civil War, an organization of Union veterans known as the Grand Army of the Republic established a day, annually to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. By the 1900’s both Union and Confederates had similar traditions, only celebrated on different days. In the early 1900’s the two traditions merged to become Memorial Day to honor all Americans who died while in the military. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 moved four holidays from their traditional date to a specified Monday, including Memorial Day, which became the last Monday in May.
So while enjoying your time on the water take a moment to share with your friends and family how grateful you feel about those that have gone before us so we can enjoy our greatest passions including our enthusiasm for boating.
Hit the Water This Memorial WeekendMost of the MarineMax team will be out on their boats enjoying their time with family and friends at least one of the days during the three-day weekend and we hope you are to. Stores across the country will be hosting events to celebrate the holiday out on the water! So as you start planning your Memorial Day weekend, make sure to check our event schedule.
Practicing the Three CsMemorial Day weekend is a busy day on the water and while we should always practice the three Cs - Caution, Courtesy and Common sense, make sure to be extra careful on holidays. Use caution while operating especially while operating in close in maneuvering situations. Look out for other boats, be aware of your surroundings and the changing weather conditions. Be courteous to other boaters, courtesy goes a long way to making a good day on the water turn into a great day on the water. And, lastly use common sense, don’t rush to pass in front of another vessel, know and practice the U.S. Coast Guard navigational rules of the road. Report any emergencies to local authorities via VHF-FM channel 16 or by dialing 911 on your cell phone.