Memorial Day is a time of remembrance set aside to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country—who died while serving in the U.S. military.
Originally called Decoration Day, it began shortly after the Civil War and became a federal holiday in 1971. It is celebrated every year on the last Monday in May.
Unlike Veterans Day, which is set aside to honor all who served our country, Memorial Day is set aside specifically to honor those who died.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer and many people are enjoying the gatherings of the holiday.
We encourage you to take a moment to reflect and remember those whose sacrifice made possible the many freedoms we enjoy.See a typo? Report it here.