#Memorial Day is an American federal holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for everyone who has sacrificed his/her life serving in the American armed forces.
Memorial Day is synonymous with barbecues, picnics—but the holiday's roots trace back far further than you might have realized.
While the first commemorative Memorial Day events weren’t held in the United States until the late 19th century, the practice of honoring those who have fallen in battle dates back thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans held annual days of remembrance for loved ones (including soldiers) each year, festooning their graves with flowers and holding public festivals and feasts in their honor
President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York, to be the "Birthplace of Memorial Day," referencing a celebration the town had in 1866. However, other places are known to have celebrated the holiday earlier, and exactly where the first celebration took place remains in dispute.
The holiday was celebrated by “decorating” the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers, flags, and more, hence the name “Decoration Day.” Over time, it became known as Memorial Day.
The final event that cemented the modern culture of Memorial Day in America was in 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Act, designating Memorial Day as the last Monday in May rather than May 30, as it had previously been observed.
All Americans can show their respect on Memorial Day .Your displays of respect don’t need to be as elaborate as planning a trip to national cemeteries. Plenty of veteran organizations host events throughout the country in their respective communities, and they would love for you to join them. If that is not possible, fly a flag, or call a veteran personal or family that you know and thank them for their service.
Solute to all veterans in specific to those who lost their lives serving our country .