Memorial Day is United States holiday which comes on last Monday of the month May every year. The day is observed to honor men and women who died while serving in the US Military. It is not an ordinary holiday but is a victory day.
History of Memorial Day:
It is a day for national heroes who died for the country. Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day, but in 1882, some starting calling it as Memorial Day. On this day, it is dedicated for remembrance of those who have died in while serving in the US Military. This day was first observed on 30 May, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of the Civil War soldiers.
The day is dedicated to give tribute to the soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. Three years after the Civil War ended, the first Official Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day) took place on May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery. Major General John A. Logan made the day official.
The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), the head of an organization of Union veterans established Memorial Day (Decoration Day) as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of who have died in while serving in the US Military with flowers. That date was chosen because flowers blooms all over the country.
After World War I, it became the day for honoring those who died in while serving in the US Military and was widely established as a national holiday throughout the United States.
On the Day, Memorial Day:
On Memorial Day, it a federal holiday in the United States. People visit the local cemetery memorials on Memorial Day. Many volunteers place an American flag on graves of military personnel in national cemeteries deceased veterans. It is a powerful reminder of the ultimate sacrifice of these men and women made for their country. Then they attend a Memorial Day parade. They give lasting tribute gift to the family of the fallen hero.
Gifts can be like Garden stones, benches, memorial wind chimes, or frames engraved with the deceased’s name. After visiting cemeteries or memorials, Americans observe this day by holding family gatherings and participating in parades.