Memorial Day is an American holiday. This day was originally observed on May 30, but now is observed the last Monday of May. This day is to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.
This special day was originally known as Decoration Day. It originally began after the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
Memorial Day first began before it was ever known by any name just after the Civil War, which prompted the beginning of the country's first national cemeteries.
Sometime in late1860, different small towns and large cities started holding tributes to our fallen bretheran. People were decorating the graves and reciting prayers for these soldiers.
Trivia: Each year at 3 pm local time for whereever it's held, a national moment of remembrance happens.
Birthplace: Memorial Day was forever given the birthplace in Waterloo, New York by the Federal Government sometime in 1966. Speculation says that Memorial Day (unoffically) may have even started with freed slaves in Charleston, South Carolina in 1865.
Why was Waterloo chosen? Because it is believed to have hosted the first Memorial Day (Decoration Day) event in the U.S. where businesses closed and graves of soldiers were decorated with flags and flowers in rememberence of their ultimate sacrifice.
In 1968, passed by Congress, the Uniform Monday Hold Act took effect and established a 3 day weekend that was for federal employees. Around 1971 is officially was declared a federal holiday.