Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May (next Monday). It was originally called Decoration Day and the current name didn’t become popular…

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May (next Monday). It was originally called Decoration Day and the current name didn’t become popular until 1882. It was established to honor the Americans who died in the military service during the Civil War, but was further expanded after WWI. The first Decoration Day was celebrated in New York and was observed annually thereafter though it was not observed on a national level until 1868. Traditionally it was observed on May 30th, but a federal law was introduced to move it to the last Monday of May to create a three-day weekend. Even now some want to move it back to the traditional day as they feel that it alters the meaning of the day. Now, some observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials though there may be bigger community events held in various states to commemorate the lives of those involved in the wars such as parades or concerts. Families sometimes also take this day to hold barbecues, picnics, sporting events, and other gatherings.

– Vivian