Memorial Day is a holiday observed on the last Monday in May that is meant to honor and remember those who died in the military while serving their country.
Facts About Memorial Day
- Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was first observed on May 30, 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery when flowers were placed on the graves of fallen Union and Confederate soldiers.
- 260,000 small American flags are placed by U.S. soldiers on the gravestones of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
- On Memorial Day, at 3 p.m. local time, all Americans are asked to pause wherever they are for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.
The last Monday in May, on which parades are held to honor those who died for their country, is an example of Memorial Day.
Flags adorn soldiers graves on Memorial Day also called Decoration Day.