Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of each May to honor those who have died while serving in the military. The holiday was originally known as Decoration Day and was first observed on May 30, 1868.
The origin of Memorial Day is traced back to the American Civil War, when the Union and Confederate forces each held a separate ceremony to honor their dead. The first Decoration Day was held on May 30, 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery, where both Union and Confederate soldiers were buried. During this ceremony, General James Garfield delivered a speech and General John Logan declared that this day should be for honoring all who had died in the war.
In the years following the Civil War, Decoration Day was observed in various locations across the country. By 1890, it was officially recognized by all northern states. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday and moved from May 30 to the last Monday in May.
Memorial Day is now a day of remembrance for all who have served in the military, both living and dead. It is a time for families to honor and remember loved ones who have served, and a time for Americans to reflect on the cost of war. Many people observe the holiday by visiting veterans’ cemeteries, attending parades, or attending memorial services.
Memorial Day has become an important part of the American culture and is a time for us to reflect on the importance of freedom and those who have sacrificed for it. It is an important reminder of the cost of war and those who have given their lives to protect our country. We can never forget the bravery and courage of our servicemen and women and the importance of honoring their memory.