Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring those who have died while serving in the U.S. military. The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May, which in 2023 falls on May 30.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was first observed on May 30, 1868, to honor the soldiers who had died in the Civil War. The holiday was expanded to include all U.S. military dead in 1971.
Memorial Day is a time for Americans to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made for their country. It is also a time to celebrate the lives of those who have served and who have died in service to their country.
There are many ways to observe Memorial Day. Some people visit cemeteries to pay their respects to the fallen. Others participate in parades or other public events. Many people also take the day off from work and school to spend time with family and friends.
No matter how you choose to observe Memorial Day, it is important to remember the sacrifices that have been made for our country. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who have served and who have died in service to our country.
Here are some ways to honor those who have served on Memorial Day:
- Visit a cemetery and place flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers.
- Attend a Memorial Day parade or ceremony.
- Donate to a veterans’ organization.
- Wear a red, white, and blue ribbon.
- Reflect on the sacrifices that have been made for our country.