Memorial Day is the last Monday in the month of May. The day is set aside to recognize and remember the brave members of the Armed Forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service the United States.
Memorial Day originated following 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.
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What to do on Memorial Day?
How can you observe and recognize the day?
- By visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
- By flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon. Memorial Day is a day of "National Mourning."
- By attending religious services of your choice.
- By visiting memorials.
- By participating in a "National Moment of Remembrance" at 3:00 PM local time, to pause and think upon the meaning of the day and for taps to be played where possible.
- By renewing a pledge to aid the widows, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.
For information and resources click here for the Veterans Administration information about Memorial Day