What is Memorial Day / Decoration Day?
Memorial Day, also known as Decoration Day, is a federal holiday which is celebrated by people from United States of America. Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May annually. The purpose of this special day is commemorating the people who have died in the military service for their country.
The first Memorial Day was held by General John Logan after American Civil War in 30th May, 1865. At first, Memorial Day organized for commemorating the people who had died in World War I. But later on, it involved all the people who have died for their country in their military service. It is called “Memorial Day” since 1882.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in United States of America. Throughout the Memorial Day, people fly all the American flags at half staff. Also, they visit the martyrdoms and graves which are belong to martyrs and they put little flags on these graves. Also, all non essential government offices and desks are closed during the Memorial Day.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day until 1882. At the present time, there are some people who call Memorial Day as Decoration Day still. Because of its date, Memorial Day is also considered as the start of the summer season. That’s why, in more recent times Memorial Day’s summer season meaning turned the scale more than its remembrance meaning. Many people are considered this day as an ordinary holiday and they organize family gatherings, picnics and sport activities.
When is Memorial Day / Decoration Day?
Memorial Day (Decoration Day) is celebrated on the last Monday of May every year. Memorial Day 2018 has already passed. It was on Monday, May 28, 2018. The next Memorial Day is on Monday, May 27, 2019.
Dates for Memorial Day from 2019 to 2024
- Memorial Day 2020 - May 25, 2020 - Monday
- Memorial Day 2021 - May 31, 2021 - Monday
- Memorial Day 2022 - May 30, 2022 - Monday
- Memorial Day 2023 - May 29,, 2023 - Monday
- Memorial Day 2024 - May 27, 2024 - Monday