Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States that is observed on the last Monday of May. The holiday is meant to honor and remember the brave men and women who died while serving in the country's armed forces.
A Brief History of Memorial Day
The holiday has its roots in the aftermath of the Civil War, when communities began holding ceremonies to honor the soldiers who had died in the conflict. In 1868, General John A. Logan, the commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a proclamation calling for a national day of remembrance for those who had died in the war.
Over time, Memorial Day came to honor all those who had died while serving in the military, not just those who died in the Civil War. Today, the holiday is marked by parades, ceremonies, and the placing of flags and flowers on the graves of the fallen.
Memorial Day is a time to remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives in service to their country. It is a solemn occasion, but also a time to celebrate the freedoms that they fought and died for. Let us honor their memory and never forget their sacrifice.