Memorial Day

Memorial Day is almost here! The official start of the summer means a lot of things to different people: lake and beach houses open up, farmers markets start up again, and white pants get worn. However, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s consider Memorial Day as it was intended: a day when we gather and remembered those who gave their lives for the cause of freedom, liberty, and democracy. 2517959749_b414c7478f_m The U.S. Army/flickr/2008 Memorial Day started out shortly after the Civil War ended, in 1866, as “Decoration Day,” when a group of women decorated the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers and flags. Local observances grew to wide observance, but it wasn’t officially observed until after World War I. It is a day of respect and gratitude, and one when we gather to respect those fallen. Memorial Day brings to mind not just the military personnel we’ve lost, but also veterans and those still serving in the military today. NAR is an active voice in DC when it comes to Veterans Affairs, and it just released its first Veterans and Active Military Home Buyers and Sellers Profile, revealing information about this group such as the types of homes they are buying, how they finance the purchase, and why they are moving.  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers resources about home loans, benefits, eligibility and how to apply, but NAR has been helping REALTORS® to specialize their business by offering the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification, providing the education REALTORS® need to support active military and veterans to buy and sell homes while taking full advantage of all the benefits and support available to them. 14687804116_c553cd4dc4_m Mike Mozart/flickr/2014

Abby Creitz

Manager, NAR Library & REALTOR® University Librarian

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