Memorial Day – Remembering & Honoring Our Veterans

Did you know that Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day? It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers. Southern ladies organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond, VA and in other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date. Most dates were in May. Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday observed annually on the last Monday in May. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. As a marker, it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season.

As we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we honor those veterans who are still with us today. As a special thank-you to our vets, Rafting in the Smokies extends a special discount for active-duty and retired military personnel including spouse and dependents. Call our reservations office for details. Additionally, Rafting in the Smokies, offers a wheel-chair friendly shuttle bus for disabled veterans. It is with great pride and gratitude that Rafting in the Smokies shares our special corner of the world with our country’s heroes.