Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. The purpose is to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military.
It was originally know as "Decoration Day" shortly after the Civil War. It became an official federal holiday in 1971. It was originally observed on May 30th but was eventually changed to be observed on a Monday. As predicted, this change turned into a 3-day weekend rather than a solemn observance of those that have sacrificed their lives for us.
I hope you have a great weekend.
I hope you have a solemn Memorial Day.