The Memorial Day is the national holiday in the United States held annually on the last Monday of May . Formerly known as Decoration Day , the holiday honors the American military who died in combat.
Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, created after the Civil War, to commemorate Union soldiers and Confederates who died in the Civil War. During the 20th century, Memorial Day was expanded to honor all Americans who died in military service. Usually marks the beginning of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day (the first Monday of September in the US) marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, especially to honor those who died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Annual decoration days for some particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas in the southern United States, especially in the mountains. In cases involving a family cemetery where remote ancestors are buried, as well as those more recently gone, this day can take on the features of a family reunion, to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the appointed day and place flowers in graves and renew contacts with relatives and others. There is often a religious celebration and a picnic , the traditional term for an American holiday.where people scatter the dishes on sheets or towels over the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the Civil War and therefore may reflect the true origin of the “Memorial Day” idea.
Secession War Veterans in Ortonville, Minnesota, on July 4, 1880 – also called the “Day of Decoration” before the “Uniform Monday Holiday Act,” which changed some holidays on Mondays almost a century later.
Memorial Day should not be confused with Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all US military veterans.
The practice of placing flowers on soldiers’ graves is an ancient custom. Tombs of American soldiers were decorated before and during the Civil War . It was stated in 1906 that the first grave of a Civil War soldier to be decorated was in Warrenton, Virginia, on June 3, 1861 and this would be the first Memorial Day in history.