For many, Memorial Day weekend is an opportunity to have a BBQ and get together with friends and family.
At its core, Memorial Day is a day to reflect upon those who have died and to honor all men and women who have served in the United States military.
When is Memorial Day 2022?
Memorial Day will fall on Wednesday, May 30, 2022.
This Memorial Day will be the last Monday in May
Memorial Day Meaning and Memorial Day History
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for all Americans who have died in service of their country.
Military service. It’s not to be confused with Veterans Day, which celebrates the service of the U.S.
Military veterans or with Armed Forces Day, which honors men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces.
The Memorial Day holiday began a few years after the Civil War, in 1868.
The first major public observance of Memorial Day was held at Arlington National Cemetery in 1892 after the passage of an act by Congress made it an official state holiday in most of the United
Since the beginning, the solemn holiday has been formally observed at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
On the 20th of December, 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act. It was designed to encourage Americans to observe a moment of silence at 3 p.m.
It’s hard to imagine a holiday or remembrance day that is more relevant than Memorial Day. If you know someone who is serving or has served our country, this is the perfect opportunity to share your heartfelt thoughts and words of gratitude for their selfless service.
Memorial Day Facts
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day.
The holiday began as a way to honor soldiers who died in the Civil War, but the day now honors all U.S. veterans who have sacrificed their lives.
There’s a specific way to display the American flag on Memorial Day, according to the U.S. Flag Code: hoist the flag quickly up to the full staff at sunrise, then lower it to half-staff until noon, and then return to the top of the staff.
Many veterans, as well as friends and family of veterans, make a pilgrimage to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., over Memorial Day weekend.
In 1971, Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday taking place on the last Monday in May.
Poppies have become a symbol of Memorial Day because they are mentioned in a 1915 poem by Canadian soldier John McCrae, “In Flanders Fields.”
Many Americans mark Memorial Day with an official moment of remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.
During the 3 p.m. moment of remembrance on Memorial Day, Amtrak conductors sound one long whistle in honor of those who have died in service.
Traditionally, American presidents give a Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
New York was the first state to recognize Memorial Day as an official holiday.
Some Southern states celebrate a Confederate Memorial Day, or Confederate Heroes Day, in late April, remembering the Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War.
The first Indianapolis 500 race took place on Memorial Day in 1911.
The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated by then-Chief Justice William Taft on Memorial Day in 1922.