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Origin Of Holidays

Memorial Day

In the United States, we observe a holiday on the last Monday of May to honor the men and women who gave their lives in the service of our country.

This observed day is what used to be called Decoration Day which was observed for the same reason. It was observed on May 30th because no battles of the Civil War had an anniversary celebration and it could incorporate heroes of the conflict between the North and the South (, n.d.).

Much like Decoration Day, Memorial Day is observed by decorating graves and paying honor to the fallen heroes. At 3PM, there is a national moment of silence to remember the sacrifices made for freedom.

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.