Memorial Day Nail Art with Vibrant Vinyls – Press Samples / Purchased by Me
To begin, let’s focus on what Memorial Day actually is. The Civil War, from 1861-1865, took more lives than any conflict in the history of the United States. The total number of deaths is estimated, but it’s believed to be around 750,000 people, and might be as high up to 850,000. That’s the entire population of North Dakota, gone (yes that’s a state. In the US. I promise). Due to these deaths, national cemeteries were required for the sheer number of burials. By the late 1860’s, towns across America were holding tribute days to these fallen soldiers, usually in the springtime. One town, Waterloo, New York, hosted an annual community wide event in which businesses would shut down and locals would decorate gravestones. They started this tradition on May 5, 1866.
On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month.
“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,”
This day would be known as Decoration Day. Over the years, it morphed into being known as Memorial Day. Originally, it was only for the fallen in the Civil War, but after the events of World War I from 1914-1918, the holiday became known to remember American Military personnel fallen in all wars.
In 1966, Waterloo, New York was declared the birthplace of Memorial Day. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
Now we know the history of Memorial Day, but what does it MEAN? It means that the freedom we have now didn’t come free. As trite as those words may mean to people, it is the truth. Our freedom was paid for by the sacrifice and death of hundreds of thousands of men and women. That number is estimated to be over 1 million. 1 million American lives, gone. For us. Remember the fallen on Monday. Celebrate their service on Veterans Day.
For as many faults as our country has, I’m still proud to be an American. It may seem silly to others, but a way for me to remember those on Monday is with Memorial Day Nail Art.
Sinful Colors Endless Blue
Sinful Colors Gogo Girl
Sinful Colors Bangin’ Blue
Sinful Colors White Haute
Get your base coats! I did two coats each, Gogo Girl on my index, Endless Blue on my middle, and White Haute on my ring and pinkie. I used a quick dry top coat on my ring and pinkie to get prepared for the vinyls.
I added one coat of Bangin’ Blue over my middle finger. I then added the wavy stripes from the vinyl pack on my ring finger. These vinyls didn’t require it, but other vinyls I’ve used require you to ‘tack’ the vinyls on your pants or some other fabric to help destick it a little bit so it doesn’t pull up your base coat. I used the stars on my pinkie. You see how I’m leaving a edge of the star hanging off? This is so it will be easier to remove and won’t damage the underlying base coat.
Wait for your the colors to dry a bit, then top coat and you’re done!
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