Memorial Day- 2012

What is Memorial Day?

An official federal holiday since 1971, Memorial Day is celebrated in honor of the men and women who have died while serving in the American military.

Did you know that Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day? Learn more about the history of Memorial Day by clicking here.

When is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day falls on the last Monday of May. This year, we will observe the holiday on May 28.

How do people celebrate Memorial Day?

By visiting cemeteries or memorials, following the 3 p.m. local time National Moment of Remembrance or attending the official Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. However, Memorial Day and Weekend also unofficially mark the beginning of summer, so many Americans celebrate with barbecues, pool parties and travel while many stores hold a Memorial Weekend sale.

Sources: history.com, usmemorialday.org
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