The Memorial Day holiday
takes place on the last Monday
. This holiday commemorates United States
service men and women who died in military service to their country. It began first to honor those that died during the American Civil War
. After WWI
, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.
Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A National Moment of Remembrance takes place at 3 PM. Another tradition is to fly the US Flag at half-mast.
People originally observed Memorial Day on May 30 and many advocate doing so again.
Memorial Day was proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan and was observed for the first time on May 30 of the same year.