In the United States, Memorial Day is observed to honor those who died while serving in the military. On the last Monday in May, it is commemorated. This year it will be celebrated on 30th May.
This day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated during the Civil War. Americans, on the other hand, now celebrate this national holiday mostly by visiting family reunions and parades. They host a barbecue party at the back of the house and go on street holidays on extended weekends.
History and significance
Memorial Day is a glorious remembrance of men and women who sacrificed their lives in the service of their country. Its roots can be traced back to the American Civil War, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
After the end of the Civil War in 1865, people demanded the establishment of the country’s first national cemetery.
In the years that followed, Americans began paying homage to the countless fallen soldiers with flowers in their graves.
Soldiers of the Civil War until World War I are honored on this day. After the war, all Americans who died while serving in the military were honored.
In 1971, Congress passed a law making it a national holiday.
Here is what happened on this day
The American flag is flown at half-mast from dawn to noon. Many people visited graves and memorials to pay their respects to those who died while serving in the military.
On this day, all unnecessary government offices, schools, businesses and other organizations are closed.
Many organizations have found business opportunities during this extended holiday year after year and have come up with attractive deals for clients.
Memorial Day and Veterans Day
Both holidays commemorate the sacrifices of American soldiers. Veterans Day, once known as “Armistice Day”, is a new celebration. It was established in 1926 to honor all soldiers who fought in the United States military during World War I.
Memorial Day, on the other hand, honors those who have died.