Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday in May, is a solemn and patriotic holiday in the United States dedicated to honoring and remembering the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. It is a day to pay tribute to the ultimate sacrifice made by these brave individuals in defense of their country’s freedom and values. Memorial Day traditions include visiting cemeteries and memorials, where American flags are placed on the graves of fallen soldiers, and participating in parades and commemorative ceremonies.
Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day’s origins can be traced back to the aftermath of the American Civil War, when communities began organizing tributes to the fallen soldiers by decorating their graves. Over time, the holiday evolved to honor all U.S. military personnel who have died in service. It also marks the unofficial start of the summer season, with many Americans taking the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, host barbecues, and enjoy outdoor activities. However, the core of Memorial Day remains a time of reflection, remembrance, and gratitude for the sacrifices made by those who gave their lives for the nation.