How much do you know about the history of Memorial Day? Did you know it was originally called Decoration Day, or that it started as a holiday to remember soldiers lost during the Civil War? Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971, but long before the official date was set, Americans celebrated and honored military members who died while serving in the U.S. military.
Don’s Johns is a proud supporter of many local military events
At Don’s Johns, we love supporting our military through local events and volunteer groups. We have supplied portable restrooms for past races like the Marine Corps Marathon and the Army Ten-Miler. We’re also proud supporters of the Wounded Warrior Games hosted by Willing Warriors, and we’ve been on site for the Air Show at Joint Base Andrew’s. Recently, we provided emergency services for Arlington National Cemetery so they could keep the cemetery operating, and in December we helped them with Wreaths Across America.
This year, Don’s Johns will be providing portable restrooms for Rolling Thunder, an annual motorcycle rally held in D.C. Their mission is to educate, facilitate and never forget by means of a demonstration for service members who were abandoned after the Vietnam War. Over 100,000 people come out to show their support, and we’re proud to be a part of that crowd again this year.
Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start of summer. So while many people spend the weekend participating in parades or visiting memorial sites, other popular activities for the weekend include barbeques, pool parties or heading to the beach. For those hosting parties at home, we offer a variety of portable restroom units to ensure maximum guest satisfaction and eliminate time spent waiting in line for a restroom.
How do you plan on spending your Memorial Day?
We’d love to hear about any special traditions or new plans you’ve made for this year! Our team will be enjoying the day off, but we’ll be doing deliveries before the weekend to help the Washington, D.C. metro area celebrate. How ever you decide to celebrate, keep an eye out for our portable restroom units.
Thank you to all who have served in the U.S. military! We are grateful for your service and honor your dedication to our country. Happy Memorial Day everyone!