Military & Aerospace Electronics will not publish on 25 May in observance of Memorial Day

NASHUA, N.H., 21 May 2015. Military & Aerospace Electronics will not publish new online content on Monday 25 May 2015 in observance of the U.S. Memorial Day holiday.

UPDATED, 22 May 2015, 2:35 p.m. EDT
UPDATED, 22 May 2015, 2:35 p.m. EDT

NASHUA, N.H., 21 May 2015. Military & Aerospace Electronics will not publish new online content on Monday 25 May 2015 in observance of the U.S. Memorial Day holiday.

On behalf of Military & Aerospace Electronics and PennWell, we would like to wish you and your families a very happy and relaxing Memorial Day.

We also urge you on Memorial Day to put away your felt hats for the summer and get out your straw fedoras and boaters for the upcoming summer.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the U.S. for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May.

Memorial Day began before the American Civil War as Decoration Day -- a time to decorate the graves of friends and loved ones who died serving their country in battle. Decoration Day particularly was widely observed during and after the Civil War to honor that war's 600,000 dead.

The name of the holiday began changing gradually from Decoration Day to Memorial Day in 1882, and Memorial Day had become a common term after World War II. It was not declared an official U.S. holiday until 1967.

Military & Aerospace Electronics will resume its usual online publishing schedule on Tuesday 26 May 2015. Happy Memorial Day, everyone.

EDITOR'S NOTE: I'd like to amend the preceding paragraph after reading a thoughtful essay by Jennie Haskamp in The Washington Post entitled "I’m a veteran and I hate ‘Happy Memorial Day.’ Here’s why."

I should have known better than to wish everyone a "happy" Memorial Day. The annual commemoration that typically kicks off the summer season is a time for remembering, not necessarily a time for happiness. So, in the spirit of Jennie Haskamp's essay, I'd like to wish everyone a very contemplative Memorial Day.

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