Memorial Day
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Started by bear - May 30, 2022, 12:09 p.m.

Here is wishing you all a meaningful Memorial Day.  

By metmike - May 30, 2022, 12:17 p.m.
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Thanks bear, Happy Memorial Day to you and everyone here.

Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day[1]) is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces.[2]  It is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.[3]

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many volunteers place an American flag on graves of military personnel in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial beginning of summer in the United States.[4]

Many cities and people have claimed to have first celebrated the event. By 1890, every Northern state had adopted it as a holiday. The World Wars turned it into a generalized day of remembrance instead of just for the Civil War. In 1971, Congress standardized the holiday as "Memorial Day" and changed its observance to the last Monday in May.

Two other days celebrate those who have served or are serving in the U.S. military: Armed Forces Day (which is earlier in May), an unofficial U.S. holiday for honoring those currently serving in the armed forces, and Veterans Day (on November 11), which honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.[5]

Memorial Day
Graves at Arlington on Memorial Day.JPGThe gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery are decorated by U.S. flags on Memorial Day weekend in 2008.
Official nameMemorial Day
Observed byAmericans
ObservancesU.S. military personnel who died in service
DateLast Monday in May
2021 dateMay 31   
2022 dateMay 30   
2023 dateMay 29   
2024 dateMay 27   


The Tomb of the Unknowns located in Arlington National Cemetery


By metmike - May 30, 2022, 12:41 p.m.
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